The border between the United States and Mexico has been dealing with more and more arrests.
Many people want to downplay that it’s “not that bad.”
However, a quick look at the increasing number of border arrests shows that the country may be facing an illegal immigration crisis.
The Number of Arrests
The Customs and Border Protection has released new data to show that they arrested 90,977 people in April 2019 alone.
This is more than any other single month in the past decade. Historically, April is one of the busier illegal crossing months.
The numbers generally drop considerably throughout the summer months. However, due to the current rate of arrests, 2019 is on par to see over 1 million arrests in total.
For years, the number of arrests was at historic lows.
When people talk about whether a border wall is necessary, looking at historic lows may not show a sense of urgency.
However, current border arrest records show that they are returning to historic high levels.
The chief of Border Patrol, Carla Provost, provided testimony during a Senate meeting. She explained that apprehension numbers were off the charts and compared it to holding a bucket under a running faucet. It doesn’t matter the number of buckets that are there if it’s impossible to turn off the flow.
Looking at the data shows that there is a resounding concern at the border. However, there’s also some other information that needs to be looked at in order to understand that the border wall situation in its entirety.
Is it an illegal immigration or a family migration crisis?
We’ve heard plenty of stories about the families at the borders.
Plenty of Democrats would have the United States believe that Border Patrol is doing nothing but breaking up families and locking children in cages.
However, that is not the case.
However, it’s important to look at what’s happening.
Family migration has been on the rise for several years.
Since last September, most people being apprehended crossing the border are being arrested as families, not individuals.
This is, perhaps, the largest shift that is happening.
It is also explaining the current crisis because it’s no longer single adults being apprehended. In fact, looking back at April’s numbers, only 8897 individuals were apprehended.
The rest are families.
The US border and immigration system was created to deal with single men crossing in order to seek work.
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, this is what the biggest problem was. Border arrests were at historic highs with the bulk of arrests being single men.
Throughout the late 2000s when the US hit a recession and the Mexican economy slowly improved, the number of crossings decreased considerably. In fact, the number of single men crossing illegally today continues to remain low.
It is the crossing of families that are increasing the numbers.
They’re Not Trying to Sneak into the Country
In the past, the people crossing the border were trying to sneak into the United States.
They wanted to live in peace as undocumented individuals.
However, the families crossing now, for the most part, aren’t trying to evade Power Patrol.
They cross in groups and surrender themselves in hopes of claiming asylum.
The stats for the people crossing the border illegally doesn’t exist.
The only stat is how many border apprehensions there have been.
However, it is the people intentionally surrendering that is boosting these numbers because there aren’t two sets of statistics.
It’s border arrests/apprehensions and that’s it.
The people crossing don’t want to become undocumented immigrants.
They want to become refugees. The problem is that people are trying to cross legally but it’s a long and drawn out process due to a program known as metering.
Only a small number of people are allowed into the port daily.
Everyone else must wait months before they can ask for asylum at a specific port. A long wait of months can be intolerable, especially due to border towns like Tijuana and Reynosa being some of the most dangerous cities in the world.
This begs the question of whether the border arrests really show a true number.
If the people want to be documented and want to seek asylum, should they be grouped into the same statistic as those who want to cross illegally in the hopes of evading Border Patrol?
However, the United States cannot possibly house everyone who wants to seek asylum, so until there’s a better process, people need to follow the process that’s in place.