Just a couple months ago, CNN’s Jim Acosta stood behind a border wall in Texas and declared that there was “no sign of the national emergency that the president was talking about” when it came to massive numbers of illegal aliens entering the U.S.
Then the New York Times fact-checked President Trump’s State of the Union address in February, declaring the president’s statement as false when he called the situation at the border an “urgent national crisis.”
Now, about a month later, the Times is finally laying out for its readers just how big the crisis is in a story entitled: “Border at ‘Breaking Point’ as More than 76,000 Unauthorized Migrants Cross in a Month.”
After declaring that “unauthorized entries” have nearly doubled in a year, the Times wrote, “More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high and a strong sign that stepped-up prosecutions, new controls on asylum and harsher detention policies have not reversed what remains a powerful lure for thousands of families fleeing violence and poverty.”
In other words, we need better solutions, such as a repaired asylum system and a physical barrier.
“The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point,” they quoted Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan.
“This is clearly both a border security and a humanitarian crisis,” McAleenan also said.
The Times then argued that a border wall wouldn’t do much to fix the problem because many of the people who illegally enter the U.S. surrender voluntarily to the Border Patrol and demand asylum.
However, many of those people are not coming through ports of entry, thus strengthening the need for a physical barrier. Also, the Times just made a good argument for fixing our asylum system.
Later in the article, they explained that illegal immigrants that come as families can only be held for 20 days, after which point they’re released into the U.S. until their court date. Due to an overloaded system, those court dates are sometimes far in the future, and not everyone even shows up for them.
Stopping short of using the word “crisis,” the Times said there’s a “humanitarian challenge” because the Trump “administration has so far failed to devote sufficient resources to care for” the “thousands of migrant families” that “surge into remote areas.”
That sounds like another argument for a wall and a better system.
Immigrants and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Times reveals, has also hit a record number of adults currently in custody: over 50,000.
The number of arrests is growing as well, up 97 percent since last year. One area in particular, the El Paso sector in Texas and New Mexico, has seen a 434 percent increase in arrests of illegal immigrants.
Even when it comes to illegal aliens who give up voluntarily, the Times says this often happens at remote Border Patrol stations with minimal personnel. Those agents find themselves quickly overloaded in processing everyone.
Meanwhile, shelters built to house illegal immigrants are being overcrowded, the Times writes, and everyone needs to be medically screened as well. That brings up another crisis.
Illegal aliens are often “arriving exhausted, dehydrated, and some of them requiring urgent medical care, the families need food, diapers, infant formula and space to play,” the Times said.
Holding facilities are having to be rapidly expanded, and the illegal immigrants who don’t have a place to stay are being housed temporarily in churches, nursing homes, and hotel rooms paid for with donations. More taxpayer money is being dedicated to increasing medical personnel and translation services, especially since many of the illegal immigrants from Central America don’t speak English or Spanish.
But “these solutions are temporary and this situation is not sustainable,” McAleenan said.
According to the Times’ description, he added that “the authorities believe that the large numbers of families are coming because smugglers have effectively communicated across Central America that adults who travel with children will be allowed to enter and stay in the United States.”
Way to make the case that we’re in the midst of a national crisis, New York Times.
The Times, notably, did not address the effectiveness of a wall in slowing the flow of narcotics traffickers, illegal weapons traffickers, gang and cartel members, human traffickers, and foreign terrorists across our southern border.