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150,000 Migrants Apprehended During the First Quarter of 2019, Up 84 Percent

The figure consists of 100,000 families and unaccompanied minors.

 on 4th February 2019 @ 9.00pm
the figure consists of 100 000 families and unaccompanied minors © press
The figure consists of 100,000 families and unaccompanied minors.

U. S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended over 150,000 migrants who reportedly crossed between ports of entry during the first part of the Fiscal Year 2019.

The figure consists of 100,000 families and unaccompanied minors.

Border Patrol agents apprehended over 50,000 migrants in the third straight month, including many who had crossed the border between ports of entry in December.

During the first quarter of the new fiscal year, border agents apprehended a total of 153,609 would be illegal migrants, according to the December Southwest Border Migration report released Monday morning.

The report was delayed due to the partial government shutdown earlier this month.

 border agents apprehended a total of 153 609 would be illegal migrants  according to the southwest border migration report © press
border agents apprehended a total of 153,609 would be illegal migrants, according to the Southwest Border Migration report

The figures show a nearly 40 percent of the total number of migrant apprehensions during the entire previous fiscal year.

The apprehensions show a nearly 84 percent increase over last year's 1st quarter total of 83,568.

“These statistics are disturbing,” Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan told Breitbart News Monday morning.

“There can be no doubt that our catch and release policies are enticing people to trek through Mexico to our mostly unsecured border with a child in tow, so they will be allowed in to live here indefinitely.”

“It’s wrong for our government to maintain these policies, when they tempt people to make such dangerous choices that endanger their children and enrich criminal smuggling organizations on top of it,” Vaughan explained.

“It’s wrong to impose the burden of supporting these families on American communities, where the schools, housing, and welfare programs often are already stretched thin.”

According to Breitbart: The apprehension of Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) and Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) during the first quarter jumped to 90,807 — an improvement of more than 190 percent over the corresponding period last year, the report indicates.

Looking at the FMUA apprehensions exclusively (75,794) shows a massive 280 percent jump over the prior year and represents more than 70 percent of the previous year’s entire FMUA apprehensions (107,212).

While the Rio Grande Valley Sector remains to see the largest number of FMUA apprehensions of the nine southwestern Border Patrol sectors, the El Paso Sector saw a huge 1,602 percent increase over the previous year’s first-quarter numbers, officials reported.

the figures show a nearly 40 percent of the total number of migrant apprehensions © press
The figures show a nearly 40 percent of the total number of migrant apprehensions

Much of this is in the tiny section of the border known as the New Mexico Bootheel.

Agents apprehended 1,114 family units in the El Paso Sector during December 2017.

In December 2018, that number increased to 18,957.

Six other Border Patrol sectors witnessed triple-digit percentage gains in the apprehension of family units, mostly Central American migrants, who crossed the border illegally in December 2018.

Those sectors are: San Diego (667 percent), Del Rio (330 percent), El Centro (310 percent), Tucson (244 percent), Rio Grande Valley (178 percent), and Yuma (174 percent).

The Laredo Sector only saw a 72 percent jump over the previous December, and the Big Bend Sector saw a 50 percent reduction over the prior year.

Of the 75,794 migrant families apprehended during the first quarter of the fiscal year came to the U.S. mainly from Guatemala (38430), Honduras (27,180). And El Salvador (7,283).

The families from these countries (72,893) represented 96 percent of all family units apprehended along the southwest border between ports of entry.

“Obviously Congress is not going to fix this problem,” Director Vaughan concluded.

“The Democrats’ budget proposal would make it even worse. The wall is not the magic answer to this problem, either, although it would help.”

“The most sensible policy is the combination of a more secure border along with the new Migrant Protection Protocols, which provide for asylum seekers who are not facing danger in Mexico to remain there until their case winds through the immigration courts,” she said.

“This will remove a big part of the incentive for them to come, and with more border infrastructure and manpower, then the ones who try to come in illegally will be more likely to be caught. ”

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