The Crisis at the Southern Border Is Too Urgent to Ignore
To those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask: Imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken? To every member of Congress: Pass a bill that ends this crisis.
FLOOD OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Our porous border and weak laws allow for illegal immigration to go unchecked.
Newly released data shows that December was a record-breaking month for family unit aliens apprehended at the border.
27,518 family unit aliens were apprehended illegally crossing the border last month.
So far in fiscal year (FY) 2019, there have been more family unit apprehensions through December—75,794—than the FY totals in 5 of the last 7 years.
For the last three months, an average of 2,000 inadmissible migrants have arrived at our border every day.
A monthly average of more than 31,000 family units and unaccompanied minors are being apprehended at the border or deemed inadmissible at ports of entry in FY 2019.
This marks a 136 percent increase from FY 2017.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of aliens claiming a fear of return at the southern border over the past several years.
This allows illegal aliens to remain in the United States while their claims are processed.
These instances have spiked by over 1,700 percent since 2010.
This flood of migrants to our border has overwhelmed our immigration system.
There are currently not enough resources to hold those apprehended for the duration of their immigration proceedings.
Loopholes in our immigration laws hamper authorities from promptly sending family units and unaccompanied minors back to their home countries.
Immigration courts are severely backlogged—with over 800,000 cases pending.
GANGS AND DRUGS DESTROYING COMMUNITIES: Criminal gangs exploit our weak border in order to deliver violence and drugs to American communities.
Gangs like MS-13 use our weak borders to gain entry into the country and target unaccompanied minors for recruitment.
300 Americans die every week from heroin and 90 percent of all heroin originates from south of the border.
The amount of fentanyl seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in FY 2017 (2,370 pounds) was enough to kill every American citizen by overdose.
The southern border is the main entry point for cocaine entering the United States.
The border is also used to smuggle firearms, weaponry, and other dangerous materials into the United States.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT RISK: Human traffickers exploit our border and immigration system for profit, putting women and children at risk.
Human traffickers use our porous border and loopholes in our immigration system for their own gain, while preying on those who make the dangerous journey north.
More than 30 percent of women are sexually assaulted on the trek to the border.
Nearly 70 percent of migrants are victims of violence on the journey.
Border Patrol refers an average of 50 cases a day to medical providers.
Here is the crisis Democrats say doesn’t exist
One of the biggest lies told about immigration is that border security is anti-immigrant. Legal immigrants and American citizens alike—not to mention our brave law enforcement officers—are the victims of lawlessness at our Nation’s doorstep every single day.
Consider these stats. In just the past 2 years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested more than 260,000 criminals who exploited our broken immigration system. This list includes those charged with or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 homicides.
That’s the debate at hand. One side thinks the murder of 4,000 people is a crisis that our Government is accountable for solving. The other says it’s a “manufactured” problem.
No one argues that border security will stop all crime in America. We need other steps—such as the criminal justice reform signed into law by President Donald J. Trump last month—to make our communities safer, as well. But there is no question that better border security will save lives. Pretending it won’t is Washington cynicism at its worst.
Americans can no longer afford for Congress to punt on this issue. The consequences of a broken immigration system aren’t going away on their own. For example, in just the past 6 weeks alone:
A U.S. Border Patrol officer was assaulted by a criminal alien that crossed the border in Arizona.
Two suspected MS-13 gang members from Honduras were arrested last week after they illegally entered the United States.
A group of 306 Central Americans gave themselves up to Border Patrol agents in the Arizona desert, where smugglers often leave sick or abused migrants for dead after they cross the border illegally.
Border Patrol officers arrested four narcotics smugglers in Texas—discovering more than 190 pounds of drugs.
Border Patrol agents arrested two convicted sex offenders in Arizona, both convicted of crimes involving minors.