U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says the immigration system has reached its breaking point.
While in El Paso Wednesday morning, McAleenan called on Congress to act on the migrant influx at the border.
According to McAleenan, we are on track to reach more than 100,000 apprehensions and encounters with migrants in March alone.
To address the influx, 750 officers from our ports of entry will be re-directed to help Border Patrol care for migrants.
This will have a traffic impact at the border, which means a slow down in the processing of trade and wait times for pedestrians and cars.
“Continued inaction by Congress, is going to continue to put people at risk,” McAleenan said. “The vulnerable migrants on their journey in Mexico as they cross our border in increasingly hot weather and our own personnel and unfortunately children in our custody.”
As we reported, Border Patrol is facing overcrowding at facilities everywhere, with the worst being in El Paso.
According to Border Patrol, more than 3,700 people were taken into custody Monday. That number is the largest single-day total in more than a decade, officials said.