The U.S.Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) released a report on Tuesday indicating 396,579 migrants were apprehended at the border during the fiscal year that ended on September 30.
In fiscal year 2018, CBP apprehensions increased to 396,579, surpassing fiscal year 2017 totaling 303,916.
Out of those apprehended, 107,212 were designated as Family Unit Aliens (FMUA), and 50,036 were identified as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).
A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, Katie Waldman, told Breitbart News, that Congress refuses to correct the “catch-and-release” rules in the current immigration laws. Correcting the loopholes in the laws would allow federal authorities to detain and remove family units safely and quickly.
Out of the almost 400,000 apprehensions, more than 250,342 apprehensions were made in Texas – 162,262 from the Rio Grande Valley sector, according to the report released on Tuesday.
Those immigrating into the U.S. are doing so as family units which have dramatically surged:
Family Unit Aliens (FMUA)
- 2013: 14,855
- 2014: 68,445
- 2015: 39,838
- 2016 : 77,674
- 2017: 75,622
- 2018: 107,212
- (In 2013, family units comprised only 3.6 percent of all apprehensions at the Southwest border. In 2018, over one in four (27.0 percent) of those apprehended were part of a family unit. – Center for Immigration Studies).
These families are automatically placed in the criteria of “non-removable” under the rules of the Office of Refugee Settlement. The process for removal can take more than a full year of federal resources to remove just a few days worth of migrants under the current conditions.
After the CPB report was released, the White House released a statement on Wednesday about the need to change the loopholes in the nation’s immigration law.
“As a result of the Democrat-supported loopholes in our federal laws, most illegal immigrant families and minors from Central America who arrive unlawfully at the border cannot be detained together or removed together, only released,” said President Trump.
The White House also emphasized that the migrants entering the country are not just from Mexico, but more than half of the migrants entering the country are from Central America.
“[Ninety-eight] percent of aliens apprehended by Border Patrol in FY 2000 were from Mexico, but today more than half are from Central America,” according to a White House press release.