THE CRISIS AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER IS TOO URGENT TO IGNORE
“To those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask: Imagine if it was your child, your husband,
or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken? To every member of Congress: Pass a bill that ends this crisis.”
President Donald J. Trump
FLOOD OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Our porous border and weak laws allow for illegal immigration to go unchecked.
- Newly released data shows that December was a record-breaking month for family unit aliens apprehended at the border.
- 27,518 family unit aliens were apprehended illegally crossing the border last month.
- So far in fiscal year (FY) 2019, there have been more family unit apprehensions through December—75,794—than the FY totals in 5 of the last 7 years.
- For the last three months, an average of 2,000 inadmissible migrants have arrived at our border every day.
- A monthly average of more than 31,000 family units and unaccompanied minors are being apprehended at the border or deemed inadmissible at ports of entry in FY 2019.
- This marks a 136 percent increase from FY 2017.
- There has been a sharp increase in the number of aliens claiming a fear of return at the southern border over the past several years.
- This allows illegal aliens to remain in the United States while their claims are processed.
- These instances have spiked by over 1,700 percent since 2010.
- This flood of migrants to our border has overwhelmed our immigration system.
- There are currently not enough resources to hold those apprehended for the duration of their immigration proceedings.
- Loopholes in our immigration laws hamper authorities from promptly sending family units and unaccompanied minors back to their home countries.
- Immigration courts are severely backlogged—with over 800,000 cases pending.
GANGS AND DRUGS DESTROYING COMMUNITIES: Criminal gangs exploit our weak border in order to deliver violence and drugs to American communities.
- Gangs like MS-13 use our weak borders to gain entry into the country and target unaccompanied minors for recruitment.
- 300 Americans die every week from heroin and 90 percent of all heroin originates from south of the border.
- The amount of fentanyl seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in FY 2017 (2,370 pounds) was enough to kill every American citizen by overdose.
- The southern border is the main entry point for cocaine entering the United States.
- The border is also used to smuggle firearms, weaponry, and other dangerous materials into the United States.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT RISK: Human traffickers exploit our border and immigration system for profit, putting women and children at risk.
- Human traffickers use our porous border and loopholes in our immigration system for their own gain, while preying on those who make the dangerous journey north.
- More than 30 percent of women are sexually assaulted on the trek to the border.
- Nearly 70 percent of migrants are victims of violence on the journey.
- Border Patrol refers an average of 50 cases a day to medical providers.