CBP arrested 851,508 migrants crossing the southern border in fiscal year 2019, according to data released by the agency, more than double the roughly 400,000 arrested in 2018. The number of arrests is blamed on an increased number of migrant families crossing the border, at around 473,000 families arrested during 2019. That is more than three times the number of families arrested during the same interval the year prior.
The increased number of border arrests by CBP coincides with increased efforts by the Trump Administration to crack down on both legal and illegal immigration. The increased border arrests are occurring at the same time that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been stepping up raids
on immigrant populations, and also at the same time that legal immigration applications have slowed to a crawl.
The overall effect appears to be a general hostility by the Trump Administration towards immigrants and immigration as a whole. Indeed, this sentiment is reflected in a statement by CBP’s acting Commissioner, Mark Morgan: “These are numbers that no immigration system in the world can handle, not even in this country.”
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