On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in a tweet, that agents had apprehended over 1500 illegal aliens in the past 4 days.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the number of family units and unaccompanied children has “skyrocketed” to 64 percent of southwest border apprehensions.
Over the last 4 days #YumaSector Border Patrol agents have apprehended over 1500 illegal aliens, more than half of whom were children from Central America. @CBP #NationalSecurity #SouthwestBorder pic.twitter.com/5om4WjwyWF
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) May 15, 2019
So far this year, U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended over 285,000 family units and almost 50,000 unaccompanied children. In the month of April alone, CBP had 42,000 unaccompanied children in custody.
Nearly 520,000 people have been apprehended on the southwest border this fiscal year.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson discussed the border crisis during an appearance on Fox News’s Your World with Neil Cavuto. “We had 100,000 apprehensions or encounters in the month of March and another 100,000 in the month of April. It’s the highest it’s been in 12 years.”
“Think of it this way,” said Johnson, who served during the Obama administration. “That is the equivalent of the population of the city of Orlando, Florida showing up on our southern border in the course of two months. That creates a crisis, first of all emanating from Central America, traveling through Mexico along the Mexican side of the southern border and the U.S. side of the southern border.”