Unfortunately, the data below reflects that President Trump and the administration are not doing enough to stop illegal aliens from taking the journey through Mexico and crossing into the US illegally. As Dennis Michael Lynch says constantly, until President Donald J. Trump turns off the jobs magnet, the people coming here illegally will continue to flow, and the people who are here illegally already will be incentivized to stay.
The good news is this: If Barrack Obama were in office this story would conclude with the illegal aliens being dropped off at a local bus station in Texas where they would buy a bus ticket with US taxpayer money, and then be sent off to Somewhere, USA. They would not be checked for disease, and some many have criminal backgrounds. But because Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States, the illegal aliens will not be released into the general public. Instead, they will be processed according to immigration laws. How refreshing!
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector of South Texas have recently been experiencing a surge of illegal aliens coming into the United States from Guatemala.
Just this past Monday, agents arrested one group of 86 illegal aliens and seized more than $1 million worth of marijuana, according to a report in Breitbart. The scene described by agents working out of the Weslaco Border Patrol Station of the large group of families walking up a trail from the Rio Grande River in Hidalgo, Texas, on Monday evening was reminiscent of the 2014 border surge, when the illegal immigrants could be seen walking up from that same river by the dozens.
Everyone in the group was apprehended without incident. All of them admitted to having crossed the border illegally.
After taking the migrants in for processing, agents learned all 86 came from Guatemala. The group consisted of 36 adults and 50 juveniles. They also found that 32 of the adults were traveling with family members and four adults traveled alone. Thirty-four of the minors were traveling with an adult as part of a family unit, Border Patrol Supervisory Agent Marlene Castro told Breitbart Texas in an email response to a request for additional information. Sixteen of the minors were traveling as unaccompanied alien children.
The apprehension of family unit aliens (FMUA) and unaccompanied alien children (UAC) has increased in July for the third straight month, Breitbart Texas reported on Wednesday. FMUA apprehensions increased by 46 percent from June to July while UAC apprehensions increased by 29 percent. Total apprehensions increased by only 13 percent, revealing how the numbers of families and children are increasingly on the rise.
Although the total number of apprehensions have increased, they remain at historic lows. But the trend of border agents apprehending more and more families and unaccompanied alien minors along the U.S.-Mexico border is alarming, nonetheless.
The latest report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed that arrests of FMUAs in June were up 47 percent from May’s numbers, with Border Patrol agents apprehending 2,322 FMUAs in June compared to 1,580 in May.
And agents arrested 1,961 alien minors in June compared to 1,480 during the previous month, an increase of 32.5 percent.
Breitbart News reported that “[f]iscal year comparisons show different changes between the two categories tracked by CBP. The apprehension of UACs (Unaccompanied Alien Children) between October 2016 and June 2017 fell by 24 percent (43,200 in FY 2016, 33,036 in FY 2017). However, the arrest of FMUAs increased during that same period (51,143 in FY 2016, 63,411 in FY 2017).”
The fiscal year-to-date numbers are higher due to the surge of apprehensions that occurred during October and November, which was a time when illegal aliens attempted to cross the border in advance of the 2016 presidential election. They were worried that President Trump would do exactly what he’s doing in regards to illegal aliens, so they tried to get in under former-President Obama’s lax enforcement of immigration laws.
The highest percentage of FMUAs apprehended are from El Salvador, with Border Patrol agents arresting 21,950 Salvadoran families so far this year. Guatemalans (18,957) represent the second-highest percentage, followed by Hondurans (18,677) and Mexicans (1,846).
The RGV agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station on Monday began that day with a high-speed chase at approximately 1:30 a.m. near the town of Los Arrieros, Texas. Agents pursued the vehicle until it eventually crashed into a utility pole. The driver fled the scene, but agents discovered that there were 75 bundles of marijuana hidden inside the vehicle. Officials said the marijuana load weighed nearly 1,400 pounds and is valued at more than $1 million. The vehicle and drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for investigation.
Later that morning, dispatchers from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an alien who claimed to be lost in the brush. Human smugglers frequently drop the illegal aliens off south of the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint, which is located in the middle of the county. The migrants must then make a dangerous journey through ranch lands surrounding the checkpoint. If they don’t keep up with the group, the smugglers will just leave them behind to fend for themselves, and many of them die.
Interestingly enough, the illegal alien was equipped with his own cell phone, which Border Patrol agents used to locate him via GPS. Once he was apprehended, agents offered the man medical assistance but he declined.
Later that afternoon, agents assigned to the Kingsville Station received a call about an immigrant who was not as fortunate as the one with the cell phone. The Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office contacted Border Patrol dispatchers and advised them that a local rancher discovered the remains of a migrant who died after being abandoned in the area. Agents recovered the remains after a local justice of the peace declared that the man was officially dead. Honduran identification documents were discovered near the body.
Despite the historically low number of border crossings this year, the numbers of illegal aliens dying while attempting to enter the U.S. is higher than last year. According to Border Patrol data, 6,915 corpses were found along the southwestern border between October 1998 and September 2016.