Democrats and their friends in the media have been insisting for months that there is no emergency at the border. They are wrong.
The number of people at our southern border is completely out of control.
Even the New York Times is reporting on this:
Border at ‘Breaking Point’ as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month
The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly doubling what they were a year ago, suggesting that the Trump administration’s aggressive policies have not discouraged new migration to the United States.
More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high and a strong sign that stepped-up prosecutions, new controls on asylum and harsher detention policies have not reversed what remains a powerful lure for thousands of families fleeing violence and poverty.
“The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point,” Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told reporters in announcing the new data on Tuesday.
The nation’s top border enforcement officer painted a picture of processing centers filled to capacity, border agents struggling to meet medical needs and thousands of exhausted members of migrant families crammed into a detention system that was not built to house them — all while newcomers continue to arrive, sometimes by the busload, at the rate of 2,200 a day.
Is there any way this situation could be worse? You bet there is.
The Texas Tribune reports:
Nearly 200 people in Texas detention facilities have contracted mumps
Nearly 200 people have contracted mumps at detention facilities across Texas since October, according to a state health agency.
The Texas Department of State Health Services says 186 people, including immigrants and detention facility employees, had confirmed cases of mumps.
Lara Anton, a spokeswoman for the Department of State Health Services, said in an email that patients range in age from 13-66 and that “there has been no reported transmission to the community.”
She added that the state doesn’t know the vaccination status of detained migrant adults or the children who entered the U.S. with them but that “all unaccompanied minors are vaccinated when they are detained.”
There were 191 cases of mumps reported in Texas in 2016, the most cases in 22 years. But due to high vaccination rates in the state, the incidence of mumps is generally low here, according to the Department of State Health Services’ website. Among Texas children, 90.3 percent were vaccinated for mumps in 2017, according to the National Immunization Survey.
All this is happening and Democrats are still fighting Trump over the wall.