Migrants Apprehended At Southern Border Top 100,000 For Second Consecutive Month

Thursday, May 9, 2019
By Paul Martin

RICHARD GONZALES
NPR.org
May 8, 2019

The number of migrants apprehended at the Southern border surpassed 100,000 for the second consecutive month, according to new figures released by the Trump administration.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 109,144 migrants in April. That is more than 5,400 over the total in the month of March, and it is the highest monthly total since 2007.

The chief of the Border Patrol, Carla Provost, told a Senate Judiciary panel that “our apprehension numbers are off the charts.”

“We cannot address this crisis by shifting more resources. 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,” she said.

As unauthorized border crossings have increased, the Trump administration has required some asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico as they await their court hearings in the U.S.

Immigrant advocates had challenged that policy, and a federal judge in San Francisco had issued an injunction. But a federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that the program can continue as the issue moves through the courts.

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