(Tea Party PAC) – On Friday, officials from the Border Patrol told reporters that the recent surge of Central American migrant families is stretching their resources thin. This comes as agents report they’ve apprehended 60 “large groups” of aliens in 2019 so far.
The agency explained that the large groups of families, mostly from Central America, are overwhelming their resources. They define a large group as 100 or more individuals.
In all of fiscal 2018, which ended September 30, Border Patrol agents only apprehended 13 large groups.
In the early months of 2019 alone that number has spiked to 60 large groups, which is an increase of 70% as Reuters reports.
Border Patrol officials say that smugglers are now using a new strategy of using the large groups to deliberately overwhelm agency resources in remote areas so that they have a clearer path to smuggle drugs and other cargo across the border in different locations.
“Large busloads of individuals are being bused up to the border and we don’t have any infrastructure in that area,” a Border Patrol officials told reporters.
Apprehension on the border of Family Unit Aliens jumped 290 percent in January 2019 as compared to the previous ear. Agents detained nearly 100,000 family units during the month across the whole southwest border.
The El Paso Sector, which includes part of West Texas and the New Mexico border, saw a 1,588 increase over January of last year.
Officials report that the largest number of families crossing the border illegally during the first four months of fiscal 2019 originated in Guatemala, 50,593. Honduras came in second (36,009), and El Salvador came in third (9,146.)
Border Patrol agents apprehended a total of 103,509 Central American Family Unit Aliens in all over fiscal 2018. While in just four months of fiscal 2019, the apprehensions of FUA’s has nearly matched that already.