MADRID, Oct. 30 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The US Border Patrol has detained some 970,000 migrants and the border with Mexico and nearby areas, representing an increase of 88 percent over the last fiscal year compared to the previous one, as reported by the director of the Service of Immigration and Customs Control of the United States (ICE), Mark Morgan.
Morgan, who stressed that the figures have recently dropped to 52,000 in September – the lowest level of the year – has warned that despite the arrests a large number of migrants have managed to “get away with the yours “and not be arrested.
About 150,000 people have escaped the Border Patrol, as Morgan explained during a press conference. According to ABC television, Morgan has described the number of migrant crossings at the border as a “conservative” estimate.
“This makes our country less safe,” Morgan said regarding the movement of ICE personnel from security posts to the border area. More than 40 percent of the agents have been redirected to the increase in migratory flow in the area.
Agents have arrested 608,697 members of unaccompanied families and children who have tried to cross the border throughout fiscal year 2019, according to ICE data. In the previous fiscal year 218,000 arrests were recorded.
In total, about 1 million illegal migrants have been detained in the border area during that period. “These are numbers that no immigration system can manage, not even that of this country,” Morgan said.
The President's Administration, Donald Trump, has implemented new policies to reduce asylum applications, including the program called 'Migrant Protection Protocols', according to which migrants are sent back to Mexico while their applications are processed in American soil
On the other hand, Morgan has warned that the country continues to face a “humanitarian and national crisis” even though the figures have declined in recent months.
Transnational criminal organizations “are taking advantage of the humanitarian crisis and use families and children as fun to get bad people and drugs into the country,” he said.
“It happens every day,” he said before adding that “those drugs and criminals are getting into every city in this country.”