MCALLEN, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol has identified over 3,000 fraudulent family unit cases in the last six months. That is according to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan. He says the system is full and urges congress to act on current immigration policies.
“It’s very clear that the cartel and smugglers know the weaknesses in our laws. They know that family units and unaccompanied children will be released with no consequences for their illegal entries.”
McAleenan adds the Rio Grande Valley Sector has been the main arrival point for immigrants in the last five years. Stating U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended over 100,000 immigrants in March, the highest single month number in over a decade.
”Yesterday in one 24-hour period we had over 4,800 people cross our border. A new record for the modern era. Almost 1,000 of them crossed in just three large groups. 375 people in the largest of those groups.”
Among other visits, Secretary McAleenan witnessed the McAllen Respite Center offering help to care for families. He says that DHS already has solutions in place.
“At DHS we’re taking aggressive action to mitigate the crisis to protect vulnerable people in our custody by expanding medical care, creating temporarily facilities, improving transportation, using additional resources from DHS, and other departments throughout the federal government.”
McAleenan says DHS is enhancing border security by building a wall in the RGV sector this month and adding technology to support Border Patrol agents. He adds that he is working closely with closely with Central American and Mexican counterparts to end the crisis.
The Homeland Security Advisory Committee released a non-partisan report on April 16. In the report it reinforces there is a crisis along the border. The committee recommended enhancing processing and care for arriving families by establishing temporarily regional centers and increasing the presence of medical assistance on the border. Adding families should be kept together during expedited immigration proceedings.