Customs and Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan said to reporters at the White House earlier today that nearly one million migrants were apprehended at the border during Fiscal Year 2019.
This number is 88 percent higher than the apprehensions that were conducted over the previous fiscal year. This comes despite a September that has marked the lowest total for apprehensions in the past year with 52,000 migrants being arrested.
“This is an unprecedented achievement,” Morgan said, noting that President Trump’s deal with Mexico has resulted in that country taking more responsibility in keeping the migrants from reaching the U.S. southern border.
The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) have required asylum seekers to wait on the side of the Mexican border while handling their proceedings in the U.S. courts. This has stopped tens of thousands of migrants, who are known to miss court appearances once in the U.S., from flooding into the country.
“The majority of them know they’re economic migrants and they’re not going to qualify for asylum,” Morgan said. “Now that the message is getting out, that we are, through this administration’s efforts, we’re closing those loopholes.”
“Mexico’s continued support of MPP and enhanced border security efforts along their southern border, in the interior and along the U.S.-Mexico border is something really for the history books,” he added.
The total number of migrants apprehended during the fiscal year ending last week was 977,000. Morgan pointed to the numbers to show the legitimacy of the national emergency the border crisis has caused.
“These are numbers [that] no immigration system in the world is designed to handle,” Morgan said during the briefing.
The administration is also getting ready to implement a regulation that would declare the majority of migrants who travel to a third country before arriving in the U.S. to be ineligible for asylum. A recent Supreme Court ruling affirmed the constitutionality of this policy, and they are expected to put it into effect shortly.
President Trump also points to the wall being built on the U.S. southern border as a testament to the progress his administration has made in curbing illegal immigration:
President Donald Trump has been given the green light by the Supreme Court to use military funding to build the United States-Mexico border wall along the southern border.
In what President Trump describes as a “win” for both border security and the rule of law in the United States, the Supreme Court has sided against a lower court and with the administration in their decision to allow military funding to be used to build the famous border wall…
Still, four of the court’s liberal judges dissented against the majority’s decision, showing the importance of President Trump’s election. Without Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, it is likely the border wall funding would remain locked behind congressional approval…
President Trump is celebrating the victory on Twitter, writing that “The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed.” The president added, “Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”
With the border wall going up and the flow of third-world migrants being choked off, Trump is giving his supporters much to be excited about heading into next year’s crucial re-election campaign.
Arizona Border Patrol Officer Stabbed Multiple Times, Shoots and Kills Criminal Alien
A Border Patrol officer patrolling the US-Mexico border shot and killed a man who stabbed him multiple times in Southern Arizona on Monday night.
CBP officials reported that the unnamed agent was patrolling near the transnational city of Nogales, Arizona, when he encountered a group of individuals he suspected to be aliens entering the country illegally. One man accompanying them group attacked the agent when he sought to apprehend the aliens, stabbing him multiple times.
The CBP agent went on to fatally shoot the alien, who may have been a smuggler moving a group of illegal migrants across the border. Deputies of the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office were called to provide backup, and the Border Patrol agent that was stabbed had to be airlifted to a Tucson hospital early on Tuesday morning. Fortunately, he was released from the hospital later the same day.
Cartel-affiliated criminal smugglers have increasingly sought to infiltrate the United States in Arizona, hoping to avoid a buffed border patrol presence in Texas and new wall construction in the most trafficked areas of the border.
Preliminary reports indicate that the Border Patrol agent may have been alone when he encountered the smuggler’s group of criminal aliens, a hazard that has resulted in violent attacks on Border Patrol agents by cartel-affiliated criminals before.
The FBI is reportedly investigating the incident. It’s unclear if the group of aliens encountered by the agent have been expelled under special coronavirus immigration regulations, transferred into the custody of immigration detention, or simply allowed to proceed into the country.
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