There has been plenty of warning. Numerous signs to indicate that things couldn’t continue as they are. President Donald Trump even declared a national emergency over it. Despite all this, the situation involving migration at the southern border is reaching its ‘breaking point’ according to officials.
Reports from Texas indicate, “masses of migrants have been crossing the border in unprecedented numbers, overwhelming federal holding facilities and sending local leaders and volunteers scrambling to deal with the relentless waves of people.”
USA Today heard from McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez that, “it’s staggering. Really, we’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Part of the problem is that these migrants are NOT seeking to enter the country but seeking asylum and applying in such large numbers that they are practically overrunning facilities.
Even the makeshift holding areas that immigration authorities have erected to house the influx are overflowing.
“That breaking point has arrived this week at our border,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan stated. “CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our Southwest border.”
“We are doing everything we can to simply avoid a tragedy in a CBP facility,” McAleenan continued. “But with these numbers, with the types of illnesses we’re seeing at the border, I fear that it’s just a matter of time.”
Those numbers by themselves are daunting. Fox News has reported that over 100,000 migrant apprehensions/encounters in the last month. Now, in a single day Border Patrol agents can encounter roughly 4,000 migrants along the border.
The issue needs thorough review and action from lawmakers. Specifically from a group that has so far persistently hindered such action.