Homeland Security Secretary Issues Dire Border Warning
Nielsen told members of Congress that U.S. Customs and Border Protection predicts its agents will apprehend one million illegal immigrants at the border this year. (RELATED: Bikers for Trump Visits Border, Shows Why We Need the Wall)
Fox News reports:
“In February, we saw a 30 percent jump over the previous month, with agents apprehending or encountering nearly 75,000 aliens,” Nielsen told the House Committee on Homeland Security. “This is an 80 percent increase over the same time last year. And I can report today that CBP is forecasting the problem will get even worse this spring as the weather warms up.”
“We want to strengthen legal immigration and welcome more individuals through a merit-based system that enhances our economic vitality and the vibrancy of our diverse nation. We also will continue to uphold our humanitarian ideals,” she said. “But illegal immigration is simply spiraling out of control and threatening public safety and national security.”
Nielsen’s testimony came a day after the Trump administration released figures showing that more than 2,000 migrants are apprehended each day, a total of 268,000 since the beginning of the fiscal year. DHS reports that the Border Patrol is apprehending illegal immigrants at the highest rate since 2007.
“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. We have drugs, criminals, and violence spilling into our country every week,” she said.
Peer-reviewed government studies, from the 1911 Immigration Commission to 1994's Barbara Jodan Commission show with near unanimity that immigrants (both legal and illegal) are less likely to commit violent crimes than native-born Americans.
That does nothing to console victims of crime perpetrated by an illegal immigrant, primarily because it was entirely avoidable.