Due to an increase in migrants at the border, immigration detention facilities are facing a crisis. U.S. Border Patrol in southern California say they are forced to release migrants due to maximum occupancy and are driving them to San Bernardino’s Greyhound bus station.
Acting assistant chief patrol agent Miguel Garcia said: “it was a decision that was made because they couldn’t take any more families and obviously we cannot keep them in custody for much longer because we are at capacity.”
Apparently, it is not uncommon for immigration authorities to drop off migrants at bus stations after releasing them before they continue on to their final destination in the United States. Border Patrol stations and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are experiencing “Record numbers of families from Central America traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border and asking for asylum in the United States, fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries.” According to Reuters “from October 2018 through this April, nearly 293,000 unaccompanied children or people traveling in families were apprehended at the southern U.S. border- nearly four times the number during the same period the prior year.”
Border Patrol data shows that in California’s El Centro sector alone “rose 383 percent in the seven months through April from a year earlier as record numbers of mainly Central Americans crossed the border.” Migrants and their families continue to be at the center of debate and contention on the hill as Trump and Democrats battle how to handle the ever-growing border crisis and its inevitable repercussions to our national security.