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Posted on Feb 5, 2019

Letter to the editor: Reviewing the facts

Reviewing the facts
Does this sound like a manufactured crisis?
Tonight I viewed a continually updating report on at least some of the cost of illegal immigration on The cost so far this year, noted as $632,742,444. In the few seconds I was writing that down it went up over $100,000! The “total cost this year” – also escalating by the second, was $19,723,940,442. Bear in mind, that’s just THIS year! Total known illegal crossings so far in January: 13,934. Estimate of total illegal aliens in the U.S.: 25,772,154.
From Homeland Security’s website (updated January 24th): Today, United States Customs and Border Protection released new information regarding the number of family units apprehended along the southwest border and the demographics of large groups apprehended in recent months by the United States Border Patrol (USBP). They’ve seen a 280% surge in the past fiscal year and fiscal Year 2018 was a record year! This year will surpass that if the current trend continues without any legislative fixes. Overall apprehensions between the POE’s are up 81%.
There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of large groups of 100 illegal aliens or more being apprehended along the southern border. In the El Paso, Rio Grande Valley, Tucson, and Yuma Sectors over the last four months, smugglers and traffickers have delivered 53 large groups, totaling 8,797 illegal aliens.
Of 8,797 apprehended in large groups, 7,757 are from Guatemala, and comprised mostly of family units (FMUA) and unaccompanied children (UAC). That means 96.1% are members of family units (84.6%) or unaccompanied children (11.5%) and 99.6% are from the Northern Triangle countries: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
USBP’s seen an increase in the numbers of apprehended individuals requiring medical attention. They’ve transported 2,224 subjects to local hospitals since December 22, 2018.
USBP’s spent a total of 19,299 hours providing various levels of support to these hospital visits, including transportation to and from, and over watch for each person/family at the hospital resulting in less agents performing border security duties.
Twelve days ago, in a group of 247 illegal aliens arrested, 50 required immediate treatment/evaluation from a medical professional at a hospital. Transporting 50 individuals to the hospital utilized nearly all available agents, severely limiting their ability to process the large group or respond to other border security duties resulting in increased time in custody, delaying custody transfer coordination, and inhibiting response to other illegal cross-border traffic.
Dwight Needens,