Given this flow no one should be surprised that Border Patrol Stations are well beyond their capacity.
WASHINGTON D.C. (Texas Insider Report) Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson predicted Tuesday that Federal Law Enforcement officials along the U.S.-Mexico Border will encounter 1.1 million people trying to enter the United States illegally by the end of the Fiscal Year ending September 30 2019.
Sen. Johnson made his 1.1 million figure forecast during a Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs hearing based upon the number of people already arrested for illegally attempting to enter after they were deemed ineligible for admittance.
Johnson a Republican from Wisconsin said the Border Patrol agents who work the spaces between border crossing points took 3000 people into custody on an average day in June.
The highest-ever day was recorded earlier this year when 4652 people were arrested.
- That number already surpasses the 683178 encountered both at ports of entry and between ports in Fiscal Year 2018.
The 694229 figure covering only the first nine months of FY 2019 was more than double the 310000 who illegally crossed the southern border in all of fiscal 2017.
So far this fiscal year nearly half a million children who traveled alone or people who arrived with a family member have been taken into custody.
As of June first nine months of this final year 495000 children and family units have come to this country. If Junes pace continues well be over 700000 Johnson said.
The hearing was focused on how to best care for the mass numbers of people who continue to arrive at the southwest border.
Given this flow no one should be surprised that Border Patrol stations are well beyond their capacity Johnson said in a statement after the hearing.
Rather than point fingers at the brave men and women of DHS who have done their best with the limited resources we have provided them members of Congress should be acting on legislation to solve the underlying problems" Johnson said.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in March that CBP facilities on the southwest border can comfortably hold 4000 people but that anything over 6000 in custody would put the agency in crisis mode. In early June the agency had 19000 in custody.
The numbers dropped from 132000 arrests for illegal entry in May to 94000 in June. Johnson credited Mexico for deploying 1000s of its National Guard nationwide to intercept and deport people found to be illegally present in the country and traveling north to the U.S.
It is also true historically that fewer people are apprehended from spring into summer due to dangerous weather conditions and heat.