Illegal Immigration Numbers Swelling. Due To Undermanned Border Patrol
In recent months the numbers of illegal immigrants entering the country has begun to rise, and have reached Obama era levels of late. Border Patrol agents say it is due to lack of manpower; though having a wall along the border would surely help with the need to patrol large swaths of territory.
When Trump first enters office, his harsh rhetoric, and commitment to enforcing immigration laws had a serious dampening effect on people entering the country illegally as the numbers dropped to historic lows. However, as it has become increasingly likely that legislative movement on the President’s initiatives for border security as well as increasing the numbers of border patrol agents will go unmet, even with a Republican controlled House and Senate, the numbers of people pouring into the country illegally has continued to rise.
The so-called “Trump effect” at the U.S. southern border is becoming a bygone memory as border agents are again being overwhelmed by foreign nationals of all stripes seeking asylum…in May the number of illegal crossings started rising again, according to immigration experts and border-patrol agents in the field.
“We’re getting those family units again. They’re getting bus rides just like before at taxpayer expense to their destination of choice,” a U.S. Border Patrol agent told WND.
These illegal crossers are given a notice to show up at a later date to an immigration court hearing, but the vast majority are no-shows. They disappear into Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, L.A., or some other city.
Most of the families and UACs are coming from Guatemala and other parts of Central America.
But disturbing numbers of Asians, mostly from India and Pakistan, are also arriving at the border seeking asylum.
And where are these people headed? If you guessed California, you’ve been paying attention. The only officially declared sanctuary state is where many of these people are making a bee-line for.
The border agent told WND, a group of agents were briefed about a week ago by a border intelligence supervisor to be on the lookout for more Asians. He said 50 Pakistanis and approximately 300 Indians were apprehended at the border in the month of November alone. Most came in small groups of five or less.
“The Pakistanis really shocked me,” said the border agent, who works in the El Centro Sector but asked not to be identified for fear of professional reprisals. “I knew they were getting Indians, but when he said 50 Pakistanis were picked up last month I was really shocked.”
All crossed over from Mexico into California in the El Centro sector.
“I think a lot of them from Pakistan and India are flying right into Mexico City and Mexico just kind of looks the other way, maybe even helps point them in the direction of the fastest route to the U.S. border,” the agent told WND. “They don’t want them in Mexico.”
Agents are also seeing some Brazilians crossing into California from Mexico. Brazilians have a history of coming through Texas.
The agent thinks he knows why more are choosing California now.
“Word is getting out that these checkpoints are understaffed and that California is a sanctuary state,” he said…
President Trump promised during his campaign to beef up the number of patrol agents by 30 percent but hiring has been slow.
“Interstate 8 has become almost like a free-for-all because the checkpoint is not being manned on a consistent basis,” the agent told WND.
Another thing that is helping the increase in illegals entrants according to some is the fact that many legislatures in D.C, in both parties, are talking about granting amnesty to DACA recipients.
“The draw of amnesty and the fact that there’s been a draw-down of agents in the field, this is why we’re starting to get overrun again.”
William Gheen, founder and president of Americans for Legal Immigration, or ALIPAC, said California’s decision is having a ripple effect as the message gets out that the state wants to be a recognized safe haven, a magnet, for global migration.
But even more than that, says Gheen, is the effect of renewed talk in Washington of offering amnesty for the roughly 800,000 DACA illegals who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.
“Every time Congress or the White House begins to talk about amnesty, the border crossings increase. That’s what we see happening now,” Gheen said. “Our border patrol agents are woefully understaffed, and we don’t have a wall, so the border is still wide open to them, and the politicians are talking about amnesty again in Washington so everyone hears that and they say ‘oh boy, we need to get there now.’”…
Francis Cissna, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, stressed the need for implementing Trump’s immigration priorities going into 2018, which he said would protect the U.S. economy and national security.
If Congress doesn’t get its act together, it is likely that the problem will get worse, and considering that GOP leadership seems entirely unwilling to support the President’s plans, it will be up to Trump to stand against all of Washington, which could mean a government shut-down, in order to get real movement on the border issues plaguing this country.
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