American Elephants

South of the Border, Down Mexico Way… by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a headline to startle you a bit, by Andrew R. Arthur at the Center for Immigration Studies, today:

Will the Last Person in Central America
Please Turn Out the Lights?

Just when I was convinced that the immigration emergency at the border could not get any worse, Texas Monthly makes clear that it has. Bottom line: In just the last five months, 0.47 percent of the population of Guatemala and 0.645 percent of the population of Honduras has been arrested along the Southwest border, stretching U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources to the point that Border Patrol highway checkpoints are being shuttered and CBP officers are being pulled from the ports of entry in order to handle the flow.

The Border Patrol’s El Paso sector — which includes El Paso and Hudspeth counties in Texas and all of New Mexico — and the Rio Grande Valley sector have borne the brunt of the record surge of asylum-seeking families, mostly from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. From October through February, El Paso sector Border Patrol agents processed 41,670 members of family units and unaccompanied children who crossed the border illegally, most of whom sought out and surrendered to agents. In the Rio Grande Valley, that number reached 69,623 in the first five months of the fiscal year. Crossings in March are on pace to well exceed the record numbers of February, Border Patrol officials have said.

El Paso Border Patrol officials have said they’ve been taking custody of almost 600 migrants a day … the past month, most walking across the Rio Grande in the city limits of El Paso, then walking toward the border fence that lies several hundred feet north of the international boundary, and waiting for Border Patrol agents to take them into custody. Because border detention facilities are past capacity and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has limited ability to hold families in detention, the migrants are processed, given a notice to appear in immigration court, then released to the nonprofit Annunciation House in El Paso while they make travel arrangements to join other family members in the interior of the United States.

I should remind you that Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke insists that there is no border problem in his home town of El Paso, and we should just eliminate the border fence entirely.

The whole article and a map are here. It’s worth your time. Democrats range from complete denial of any possibility of any kind of crisis at our southern border (and of course, any possible need for a wall). It’s hard to tell if it is just an attempt to deny Trump anything whatsoever, the idea that illegals will be democrat voters and keep them in power, or simply that they think they can portray America as a nation of immigrants as a winning campaign issue. Interestingly, citizens with Hispanic surnames are not at all enthusiastic about the flood of illegals. The denials of what is really happening are bizarre, and there is little straight talk anywhere, particularly in the Capitol.

Another headline, this one from Breitbart:  “U.S. PROJECTED TO ADD 1.5 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS TO POPULATION THIS YEAR. 

How many does it take to make a crisis? See

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