After facing nearly unprecedented levels of illegal border crossings in 2018, the United States Customs and Border Patrol is gearing up for an even bigger 2019.
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the CBP may spend up to four times more in 2019 than they did in the year prior as more families are seeking to illegally cross into the U.S.
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Agents apprehended 25,000 immigrants traveling as parts of families in southwestern Arizona over the past six months and expect to spend four times as much on food, baby products, and on-site medical care in 2019 as it did last year, an official told the Washington Examiner.
Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector, one of nine on the southern border, spent $300,000 on diapers, formula, food, and basic medical care for those in its custody in fiscal 2018.
As of March 31, the halfway point into fiscal 2019, the sector had spent $600,000 on those same items and services. It now expects to hit $1.2 million by Sept. 30, according to sector spokesman Justin Kallinger.
The Border Patrol’s Yuma sector faces the third most apprehensions each year and has required local, state, and federal government support to help offset the cost of illegal immigration.
The costs of maintaining migrant detention facilities have risen as the number of apprehensions have risen beyond expectations. Facilities have become overwhelmed by the sheer number of migrants and are no longer able to care for those they detain.
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
The three Border Patrol stations in the region can hold 400 people, but they have been pushing it to 500 in recent weeks. Agents in the region apprehend 100 to 200 people per day — sometimes up to 350, and then have nowhere to hold people while they are processed and undergo initial medical evaluations, typically within 72 hours of being taken into custody.
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Kallinger said Border Patrol is releasing migrant families directly onto the streets or into the care of local organizations instead of turning them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement because the sister agency is also out of room in facilities to hold people that will end up being released after 20 days.
Nearly 15 years ago, the region saw a massive uptick in illegal immigration similar to this one. However, Kallinger said it was different then because they were encountering adult men from Mexico who were processed in a quarter of the time a Central American child is and could be deported the same day.
“These people are not from a contiguous country (Mexico or Canada), so we can’t just take them back. Their cases have to be adjudicated,” he said. “At a certain point, we can’t just hold them in our facilities anymore.”