Illegal Immigration Levels are Outpacing Bush Era Immigration Crisis Years
At the rate it’s going, borders crossings under Trump’s watch are expected to surpass every year of border crossings under former President George W. Bush, according to new projections.
Breitbart reported that more than 92,000 migrants and illegal aliens were caught at the southern border last month. This figure is more than seven times the number of migrant crossings that took place in March 2017.
In the fiscal year of 2019, so far, immigration officials have apprehended more than 385,000 illegal aliens and migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Breitbart also found that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has continued to release more than 1,000 migrants into the interior of the U.S. every day.
Steven Kopits, a Princeton Policy researcher, estimates that illegal immigration in 2019 will skyrocket to more than 1.28 million border crossings and apprehensions. Put in perspective, these levels are three times as much as migration numbers in 2018. This rate of illegal immigration outpaces every year of border arrests under the Bush administration between 2001 and 2008.
Curiously, the only year in the past twenty years to record more than 1.28 million border crossings and apprehensions was 2000, during the final year of Bill Clinton’s second term.
Bush’s highest year was in 2001, when approximately 1.23 million apprehensions were carried out on the southern border.
For April, Kopits estimates that there will be more than 100,000 border apprehensions with border crossings increasing all the way up until June. In the single month of June, over 120,000 apprehensions could likely happen.
These trends concern significant segments of the American population, specifically members of the Republican Party.
BLP covered how immigration is the #1 issue for GOP voters for the upcoming 2020 elections.
Across the West, immigration become a major political issue.
BLP reported on Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s successful measures to curtail illegal immigration, which voters are poised to reward during the upcoming European elections.
U.S. voters are taking note and pressing their elected officials for reforms so that they can avoid a similar fate.
With a divided Congress, Trump can’t really pursue bold immigration reforms at the moment.
However, he has been able to secure $1 billion of funding from the Pentagon for his wall project.
The resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen from the Department Homeland Security has made immigration reform advocates happy, given her inability to contain mass migration.