[Ed. – 100,000 crossings is not a border crisis?]
The government is on track to catch nearly 100,000 immigrants crossing the border illegally this month, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday, renewing the administration’s plea for Congress to do something.
That number would be the highest in more than a decade, and it’s more troubling than the worst years because now the immigrants are increasingly children and families who, despite being here illegally, are almost impossible to deport.
“The situation at our Southern border has gone from a crisis, to a national emergency, to a near systemwide meltdown,” Ms. Nielsen said in delivering an update on the state of her department 16 years after it was established.
Ms. Nielsen said the border wall is part of the solution, but also said Congress must change the laws to allow for detention and faster deportations of immigrant children and families who are living in the U.S. illegally.
According to the latest numbers, 98 percent of those migrants caught at the border in 2017 are still in the U.S. today, underscoring how difficult it is to remove them in the current framework.