The Democrats continue to pretend that the only crisis on the southern border is the one President Trump invented in his head, but a bipartisan panel of experts say that isn’t the case. Organized by the Department of Homeland Security to get to the bottom of a quickly-growing problem, the DHS Security Advisory Council issued a report on Tuesday warning that the crisis was very real and that it would take serious congressional action to solve it.
“There is a real crisis at our border,” the report reads. “An unprecedented surge in family unit migration from Central America is overwhelming our border agencies and our immigration system. This crisis is endangering children.”
Oh hey, that sounds like what President Trump has been saying for the last six months. Think that this panel’s conclusions will finally wake Democrats up from their peaceful slumber? No, we didn’t think so either.
They would do well to reconsider, however, because the immigration and security credentials sitting on the panel far outstrip any that we’ve seen on the Democrat side of the aisle in Congress. Included in the 10-person group were two former commissioners of Customs and Border Patrol, two former administrators of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and various veterans of the DHS and Department of Justice.
The report contends that without significant changes to our laws and enforcement mechanisms, illegal immigration by unaccompanied minors and family units would continue to grow. They predicted that apprehensions of family units alone would skyrocket past 500,000 by the end of the fiscal year unless Congress takes action.
“The unabated 600 percent surge of family units from Central America to our borders and properly caring for this population have overwhelmed the entire government and brought our border security and immigration management systems to the point of collapse,” the report reads.
Not only are our resources strained under this crisis, it has nearly overwhelmed the agents on the ground. Because of the size of the surge, 40% of CBP officials are almost totally occupied with arresting and processing the incoming asylum-seekers. This leaves other important areas of border enforcement – drug interdiction, the detainment of dangerous criminals – neglected, providing a unique opportunity for those who want to take advantage of an ongoing crisis.
“The surge in family unit migration will continue to soar,” the panel warned, “endangering more and more children making the treacherous 2,000 mile trek to our border and crossing illegally into the U.S. at dangerous and remote areas between ports of entry (POE), until the dynamics causing this trend are changed. This change requires emergency action by the U.S. Government.”