Record Number Of Illegal Border Crossings In February
Customs and Border Protection says apprehensions and unauthorized arrivals were at a 12-year high for the month of February.
The U.S. saw a record number of illegal crossings over the U.S.-Mexico border last month.
Customs and Border Protection says it had 76,000 "apprehensions and inadmissible arrivals" in February.
CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says that's the highest number in the month of February in the last 12 years. That's also the same month President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build a border wall.
The number of migrant families crossing the border together is already higher for the last five months than it was for the previous 12-month period. Many migrants arrive with health issues or illnesses, and CBP has had to increase medical care efforts during migrant apprehensions. In February, a 45-year-old man from Mexico died in CBP custody. And in December, an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who came into the U.S. with their families died.
McAleenan warns the situation CBP is currently dealing with is not sustainable.
"The system is well beyond capacity and remains at the breaking point," he said.
His statement was echoed by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Wednesday during her testimony to the House Homeland Security Committee.
"We face a crisis — a real, serious and sustained crisis at our borders. We have tens of thousands of illegal aliens arriving at our doorstep every month," she said.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.
At Arizona-Mexico border, field workers commute to meet crop quotas
In the salad bowl of the U.S., field workers are working through long hours, harsh weather and border commutes to put food on America's tables.By Scripps News
New York City migrants refuse relocation, say new center is 'inhumane'
Migrants moved from a Manhattan hotel to a Brooklyn shelter say it's not suitable for living, though the mayor's office say it has the same services.By AP
These young refugees are finding their way in America through soccer
Soccer Without Borders integrates language learning into soccer practices and provides a community for young refugees and immigrants.By Scripps News
50-car train derailment causes big fire, evacuations in Ohio
Freezing temperatures in the single digits complicated firefighter response as trucks pumping water froze.By Melissa Smith via AP
Meet the musician teaching the banjo's African roots
As he performs across the country, Jake Blount is helping listeners learn how the banjo relates to Black American culture.By Scripps News
How authorities are combatting counterfeit Super Bowl gear
There's a spike in fake sports gear around the Super Bowl each year, and criminals are getting savvier and more sophisticated.By AP