U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on Monday apprehended over 3,700 people attempting to illegally cross into the country through the U.S.-Mexico border; the largest number of people taken into custody in a single day in over ten years, according to the government agency.
Agents took into custody over 3,700 people trying to cross the Southern border illegally into the U.S., with 1,100 of the arrests happening in Eagle Pass, Texas, according to a senior Border Patrol official’s statement to the Washington Examiner.
John Sanders — the chief operating officer for CBP — said to people gathered at the Border Security Expo that the increase in number comes from the larger groups trying to enter the country unlawfully.
Sanders went on to say that CBP is on its way toward hitting 100,000 apprehensions at the Southern border in March, projecting that at least one-third of the people taken into custody being children.
— CBP (@CBP) March 27, 2019
According to a Wednesday report by ABC News, border security officials said that the number of people turned away or apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border alone could hit the one million mark by the end of 2019.
Federal officials have also said that the U.S. could see over 95,000 apprehensions and turn-aways in March of this year, and as many as 100,000 in April. February saw 76,103 turn-aways and apprehensions, up from the rough 60,000 in January.
In a Tuesday tweet, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Neilsen reiterated that “there is no ‘manufactured’ crisis at our Southern Border” and that the situation “is a real-life humanitarian & security catastrophe.”
“The numbers are trending from bad to worse, which is why we need Congress to act to fix outdated laws to address today’s migrant flows,” she added.
There is no “manufactured” crisis at our Southern Border. There is a real-life
humanitarian & security catastrophe. The numbers are trending from bad to
worse, which is why we need Congress to act to fix outdated laws to address
today’s migrant flows. pic.twitter.com/rH7eDLIt0G
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) March 26, 2019
In El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the border’s “breaking point has arrived this week.” He went on to say that the 12,000 illegal migrants apprehended at the border in the past couple of days “is unprecedented.”