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Border Apprehensions Are at a 11-Year High, & Dems Don’t Know What to Do

The situation at the border is creating a political problems for Democrats, who have spent the past two years claiming Trump was wrong about illegal crossings.

By NTK Staff | 03.21.2019 @11:30am
Border Apprehensions Are at a 11-Year High, & Dems Don’t Know What to Do

Donald Trump ran for the presidency on a platform that was unapologetically tough on illegal immigration and focused on strengthening our southern border. Last month, the president declared a national emergency concerning the situation at the southern border.

And a new Washington Post story appears to back up those concerns, as border apprehensions are at their highest point since 2008.

But that’s a problem for Democrats, who have been eager to paint Trump’s immigration position as nothing more than xenophobic fearmongering. And while it’s true that border crossings were relatively low in 2017, the head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said his agency is at a “breaking point” due to a surge of Central American families attempting to cross into the United States.

For Democrats eager to draw a sharp contrast with Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election cycle, the growing number of migrants being apprehended threatens to puncture a reliable talking point and force them into a fraught choice: sound heightened alarms and risk affirming Trump’s narrative of a border “crisis,” or play down the rising numbers and risk appearing indifferent or negligent.

One former CBP adviser said that while neither side is characterizing the situation at the border completely accurately, “it’s absolutely, 100 percent true that every part of our border management system is beyond capacity and completely overwhelmed right now.”

Here’s the latest data:

Over the first five months of fiscal 2019, CBP had apprehended 268,044 migrants, on pace for more than 643,300 this year. If reached, that total would be the most since 705,005 in 2008 and more than twice as high as the 310,531 migrants taken into custody two years ago.

Illegal crossings began to drop off in the late 2000s thanks in part to the great recession and a dearth of available jobs. Many of the crossings happening today are families fleeing political and economic unrest in Central America.

Regardless of the reason for the influx, expect both sides to become further entrenched in how to fix the problem, with Trump supporting a border wall and Democrats opposed to the wall and arguing we should be welcoming asylum seekers.

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