As we reported before, U.S. Border Patrol made over 100,000 arrests of illegal aliens attempting to invade the United States in just two months.
The invasion has yet to slow, as U.S. border agents made more than 50,000 arrests in May for the third month in a row, the Department of Homeland Security said, an indication that escalating enforcement tactics by the Trump administration – including separating illegal alien parents from their children – has not had an immediate deterrent effect.
DHS took 51,912 illegal alien into custody in May, more than three times the number detained in May 2017, a period when illegal immigration plunged following Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Arrests at the border this spring have jumped to their highest levels since Trump took office.
Border arrest statistics have long served as a metric for illegal immigration flows, but the Trump administration has treated their monthly publication as a barometer for the president’s security efforts.
White House aides have been receiving regular updates on illegal migration trends this spring, and administration officials said last week they were not surprised by the May numbers, expecting them to remain high into the summer. Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton said in statement Wednesday the administration’s crackdown needed more time to work.
“These numbers show that while the Trump administration is restoring the rule of law, it will take a sustained effort and continuous commitment of resources over many months to disrupt cartels, smugglers, and nefarious actors,” Houlton said.
“No one expects to reverse years of political inaction overnight or in a month,” he added.
A breakdown of the May statistics show Border Patrol agents made 40,344 arrests in May, and U.S. customs officers determined another 11,568 migrants to be “inadmissible,” typically after taking them into custody at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico divide.
DHS statistics show the number of illegal alien “families” who attempted to cross the border illegally increased by 435 percent last month in comparison to May 2017. The number of unaccompanied minors rose 329 percent.
The Trump administration says it will aggressively use human trafficking laws to prosecute illegal alien parents who send for their children by hiring “coyote” smuggling guides to escort them to the border.
Underage migrants detained by U.S. agents are quickly transferred to shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But those facilities are swelling with illegal alien children who have been separated from their parents in recent weeks as a result of the “zero tolerance” crackdown on families attempting to cross illegally.
As of late May, nearly 11,000 illegal alien children were in government custody, an increase of more than 20 percent over the previous month, according to the latest HHS figures. With HHS child shelters at 95 percent capacity, the agency says it is preparing to add thousands of beds to cope with the influx.
In other immigration news, the Trump administration arrested hundreds of employers after audits of their employees found they were habitually hiring illegal aliens.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
June 7th, 2018