Increase in migrant apprehensions at the border according to government report
According to a new government report there has been a 78 percent increase in apprehensions along the southwest border.
In November, the Department of Homeland Security released the report claiming that approximately 51,856 migrants were apprehended for attempting to cross the border illegally.
According to government records, the last time migrant apprehensions were this high was under President George W. Bush’s administration.
Residents, like Miguel Angel de Los Reyes, are feeling the impact of the increase in those attempting to cross.
De Los Reyes, a Brownsville resident who lives just feet away from the border wall says that he has to take precautions due to the large number of migrants attempting to cross. "The last thing we want to do is risk having somebody break in and who knows what can happen."
According to UTRGV Political Science Professor Mark Kaswan, people crossing illegally are wanting to get caught because they will be able to apply for asylum. However, the process of applying for asylum is becoming extremely difficult due to a new strategy being used to discourage migrants from applying.
“It's a strategy their using to discourage people from applying for asylum, what they're hoping is that people would get tired of waiting and they'll go home,” says Kaswan.
According to the report, among those apprehended are family units from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
The report goes on to mention that in the 2018 fiscal year, over 396,000 individuals were apprehended between the ports of entry on the southwest border.