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300K Migrant Children Apprehended in 2019, Says CBP

Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan told senators on Tuesday that more than 300,000 migrant children were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents this fiscal year. This represents nearly 40 percent of all migrants apprehended so far this year.

Migrants Crossing Desert with Children in Arizona Desert - CBP Photo

Migrant Family Apprehensions in 2019 Up 469 Percent over Last Year

Apprehensions of migrant families who illegally cross the southwestern border from Mexico in Fiscal Year 2019 increased 469 percent over the same period last year. Despite the nearly 33 percent drop of migrant family apprehensions from May to June 2019, the increase in year-to-date apprehensions illustrates the enormity of the current crisis.

Border Patrol agents in Arizona continue to apprehend large groups of mostly Central American migrant families. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector)

U.S.-Mexico Deal Will Not Impact Amnesty Pipeline for MS-13 Gang

A plan struck by President Trump between the United States and Mexico to help stem soaring levels of illegal immigration at the southern border will not impact an amnesty pipeline for unaccompanied minors and their illegal alien relatives — a tool often used by the MS-13 Gang to grow membership. 

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Migrant Apprehensions So Far This Year Exceed Total Years for Last Decade

The number of migrants apprehended along the southwest border after illegally crossing the border so far this fiscal exceeded the total fiscal year totals for the past decade. Border Patrol officials stated. Officials stated that if the trend continues through the remaining four months of the year, the apprehensions will hit the highest numbers since 2006.

Presidio Border Patrol Station agents apprehend a group of Central American migrant families in the Big Bend Sector.

ICE Shifts Resources to Combat Fraudulent Family Claims by Migrants at Border

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are deploying additional resources to the southwest border to combat the number of false family claims being made by Central American migrants. Of 100 interviews conducted this month, Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) special agents say they found evidence of fraud in more than 25 percent of family unit claims.

El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 400 migrants in a five-minute period on March 19, 2019. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/El Paso Sector)