United States officials are now predicting that attempted border crossings into the country will likely be as high as one million migrants by the end of the year; highlighting the escalating humanitarian and legal crisis taking place along the US-Mexico border.
“U.S. border authorities are predicting the number of undocumented migrants stopped at the southern border could reach as high as 1 million by the end of the year, potentially doubling last year’s level,” reports ABC News.
“The numbers are trending from bad to worse, which is why we need Congress to act to fix outdated laws to address migrant flows,” said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Tuesday.
Make no mistake—our border crisis has gone from a national emergency to a near system-wide meltdown. We must be able to secure our borders AND protect vulnerable populations fleeing persecution. But we can’t do this effectively without action to fix our laws.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) March 27, 2019
There is no “manufactured” crisis at our Southern Border. There is a real-life
humanitarian & security catastrophe. The numbers are trending from bad to
worse, which is why we need Congress to act to fix outdated laws to address
today’s migrant flows. pic.twitter.com/rH7eDLIt0G
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) March 26, 2019
The report comes hours after House Democrats failed to overturn President Trump’s veto regarding his “national emergency” declaration; setting the stage for a legal showdown as the Commander-in-Chief continues construction of his long-promised border wall.
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