Border Patrol: Apprehensions up 148% in March

More troops are expected to be deployed to the southern border as a record number of illegal aliens continue to stream into the U.S.

Chief border patrol agent for Rio Grande Valley sector Rudy Karisch recently told the Senate's Homeland Security Committee last week the scope of the problem is nothing like he's ever seen.

“In my 30 years as an agent, I have never witnessed the conditions we are currently facing on the southwest border,” he told the panel. “This is not a manufactured created by those of us who live and work in the border area."

The Border Patrol says it apprehended roughly 100,000 people illegally crossing the border in March, pushing total apprehensions above 360,000 for the first sixth months of fiscal year 2019.

“At this pace in my sector alone, we will have more than 260,000 apprehensions by the end of the fiscal year,” said Karisch. “On average we apprehend more than 1,000 people illegally crossing the border every day. That's roughly the capacity of 17 commercial buses.”

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