Border Patrol has seen over 370% increase in illegal crossings

WASHINGTON — This week, federal officials released the March Southwest border migration statistics. Not since the massive surge of illegal crossings in 2014, have officials seen such numbers.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), “in Fiscal Year 2019 to date, the U.S. Border Patrol has seen a more than 370% increase in the number of family units apprehended compared to the same time period in Fiscal Year 2018.”

Sixty percent of apprehensions along the Southwest border are family units and unaccompanied children, made up predominantly of individuals from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

“We are currently experiencing a system-wide emergency in our processing and holding facilities. The humanitarian crisis created by a massive influx of family groups and unaccompanied children in recent months has forced CBP to reallocate resources away from law enforcement, trade and travel missions to process and provide care for those in our custody,” said CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez. “The impacts to legitimate trade and travel cannot be overstated. As this crisis continues to worsen, it undermines CBP’s ability to perform its dual mission of protecting our borders and facilitating legitimate trade and travel.”

USBP Demographic OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR Total
Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Child 4,968 5,259 4,755 5,113 6,828 8,975 35,898
Family Units 23,116 25,164 27,507 24,189 36,531 53,077 189,584
Single Adult 22,922 21,432 18,489 18,682 23,525 30,555 135,605
Southwest Border Total Apprehensions 51,006 51,855 50,751 47,984 66,884 92,607 361,087
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