109,144: April Border Crossings Set Another Record As Crisis Spirals Out Of Control

Thursday, May 9, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Joseph Curl
May 9, 2019


That’s how many people were caught crossing the southern border in April.

For comparison, there were 103,719 apprehensions in March and 76,534 in February. There were more than 60,000 arrests each of the three months prior to that, and the numbers before September 2018 all ranged from 30,000 to 50,000.

The latest number of 109,144 is a new record. Of those, 58,474 were recorded as members of family units, another all-time high, according to data released Wednesday.

Border Patrol agents have been overwhelmed for months, and during a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said she has been forced to reassign hundreds of agents to handle the influx.

“We cannot address this crisis by simply shifting more resources or building more facilities,” she said. “It’s like holding a bucket under a faucet: it doesn’t matter how many buckets you give me if we can’t turn off the flow.”

As of Sunday, only 7 months into the fiscal year, #BorderPatrol has surpassed the TOTAL Southwest border apprehensions of every fiscal year since 2009,” the border agency said in Twitter post on Wednesday.

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