A Humane Border Solution

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“We now have an actual humanitarian crisis on the border that only underscores the need to drop the politics and fix our immigration system once and for all.”

Five years ago—almost to the day—former President Barack Obama said these words in a televised address from the White House Rose Garden. His speech came on the heels of months of record-breaking numbers of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border.

In June of 2014—the height of the surge that year—Border Patrol encountered more than 10,600 unaccompanied children. Here we are, five years later, and the problem not only remains, it has grown. Last month, we surpassed the record set in 2014, when more than 11,500 unaccompanied children crossed our southern border.

Of the more than 144,000 people who illegally entered our country in May, nearly 50,000 were apprehended in the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, making it the most impacted sector along the entire border.





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