CBP Commissioner Says The Border Has Hit A Breaking Point

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 9:40pm
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:47am
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Kevin McAleenan

The commissioner of the nation’s border security agency says the border has hit a breaking point.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan spoke in El Paso, Texas, a region of the border where migrant detentions are rising fast.

McAleenan anticipates CBP will have detained 100,000 people in the month of March. Those are numbers not seen in a decade.

"A high number for us is 4,000, a crisis level is 6,000, 13,000 is unprecedented," he said.

Most are Central American migrant families seeking asylum on U.S. soil. That’s led to detention centers filled to capacity including along the border. And currently there are plans to use port inspectors to help Border Patrol agents process those people. That will lead to longer wait times at ports of entry.

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