Cornyn: Latest Border Data Confirms a Crisis

Today during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, I delivered remarks on Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) response to human trafficking and illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video can be found here.

We know that CBP is facing unprecedented challenges today, and I applaud your efforts as well as the men and women who work with you who are on the front lines of this challenge on a daily basis.

We see hashtags that call what the president and others have described as a ‘fake emergency’ at the border. But in order to believe that there's a fake emergency at the border, you have to be blind to the facts or simply unwilling to listen.

I feel particularly strongly about this topic because of where I live and the state I represent. We have 1,200 miles of common border with Mexico.

As you know, Mr. Commissioner, CBP announced that more than 76,000 people crossed the border in February alone. 76,000 in one month. This is the largest monthly total in more than a decade.

Compared to this time last year, family unit apprehensions have increased 209 percent in the Rio Grande Valley sector. Family unit apprehensions have increased 497 percent in the Del Rio sector. And most staggering, in the El Paso sector, overall apprehensions have increased 434 percent while family unit apprehensions have increased an incredible 1,639 percent.

This is not a crisis, people say?

I hear absolutely no suggestions from our Democratic friends on how to deal with the causes of these problems.

 

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