Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Things are getting far worse as migrants are flowing into unsecured parts of our border at an unprecedented rate. The problem is so bad that the Obama administrations border chief is astounded at the caravan-sized number of those arriving weekly.
During a Senate Homeland Security Hearing, Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch told lawmakers that while much of the media attention is focused on caravans coming to the border, the ones that are already at the border are growing by caravan sized amounts every seven days.
According to Fox News, Karisch gave astounding statistics with apprehensions in the hundreds of thousands:
Karisch noted that Border Patrol has apprehended more families illegally crossing the border in the first five months of fiscal 2019 than during all of fiscal 2018. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended more than 76,000 migrants across the border in February and said it was on track to apprehend more than 100,000 in March.
In the Rio Grande Valley alone, Karisch said that at current pace, they would have more than 260,000 apprehensions in his sector by the end of fiscal 2019. There were 162,000 in RGV last year. He also said that his agents apprehend, on average, 1,000 people a day.
What’s more, many of these migrants are originating from countries south of the border. Karisch said that in his sector alone, migrants from 50 different countries back their way to the U.S. border, “including China, Bangladesh, Turkey, Egypt and Romania,” according to Fox News.
Keep in mind that Karisch is simply in charge of one section of our border.
“This is not a manufactured crisis created by those of us who live and work in the border area. Border Patrol continues to apprehend record numbers of people who purposely violate U.S. immigration laws, we are taken advantage of by gaps in our legal frameworks and that undermine the rule of laws,” said Karisch.
The problem is so bad that even Obama’s former Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan sat before lawmakers on Thursday and laid out that the border crisis was now “at a magnitude never seen in modern times” and urged Washington to put to stop to what is virtually an “open border policy.”