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CBP: Record surge of family immigration apprehensions continues along southwest border

December 21, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
CBP: Record surge of family immigration apprehensions continues along southwest border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials revealed that there had been a 230% rise in the number of family immigration apprehensions along the southwest border.

This increase signifies an additional 16,198 Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) apprehensions when compared with the first two months of FY 2016. Approximately 28,694 FMUA were captured between border entry points along the southwest border during October and November. During that same period in 2015, only 12,496 FMUA apprehensions were executed.

As defined by Border Patrol, an FMUA is the number of individuals, under the age of 18-years-old apprehended by U.S. border patrol while traveling with a family member. The 28,694 Family immigration apprehensions indicate that at least 57,388 people were detained. In many situations, there is often more than one minor with the family members, so the number of individuals needing to be processed by Border Patrol agents is expected to be much greater.

A statement released by the CBP reads:

“In response to the heightened number of individuals apprehended between ports of entry, CBP opened temporary holding centers in Tornillo and Donna, Texas, capable of detaining 500 people each. The facilities are providing additional space for those in CBP custody awaiting transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for processing, detention, either for deportation or to the Department of Health and Human Services. CBP is prepared to increase housing, beds, toilets, and bathing facilities as necessary.”

“CBP is addressing this migratory surge along the Southwest border in a humane way, consistent with our border security mission and our American values.”

“To employ these facilities, Border Patrol officials were forced to move 150 agents from the San Diego, Tucson, and Del Rio factions to the Weslaco and McAllen Centralized Processing Stations.”

Each border sector deprived of officers are having issues with surges of immigrants crossing the border as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials attempt to make it seem that they are doing something to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis that is transpiring along the border.

The San Diego Sector reported a 303% increase in FMUA apprehensions when comparing numbers for FY 2016 and October of FY 2017 stats. UAC apprehensions also rose by 71% over the same period in 2015.

Additionally, according to Breitbart Texas, toward the end of October of this year, the San Diego Sector was also faced with a 600% increase of refugees from Haiti compared FY 2016.

The Tucson Sector, from where agents are being reassigned to Texas, also faced an increase in Family immigration apprehensions of 17% when comparing October 2016 to October 2017. The Del Rio Sector saw a 51% rise in FMUA apprehensions during the same observation period while UAC apprehensions decreased by only 5%.

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