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The National Security and Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border, By the Numbers

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Washington, January 23, 2019 | comments
Increasing Drug Levels
  • 38% increase in methamphetamine from FY17 to FY18
  • 22% increase heroin from FY17 to FY18
    • 300 Americans die every week from heroin
    • 90% of heroin comes across the Southern Border
  • 73% increase in fentanyl from FY17 to FY18
  • 1.7 million lbs of narcotics seized by CBP in FY18

Dangerous criminals, gang members, and suspected terrorists

  • 2,000 inadmissible migrants arrive at our border every day and overwhelm our immigration system.
  • 17,000 adults at the Southern Border with existing criminal records arrested by CBP and border agents in FY18
  • ICE has arrested 266,000 aliens with criminal records in the last two years
    • 100,000 charged or convicted of assaults
    • 30,000 charged or convicted of sex crimes
    • 4,000 charged or convicted of violent killings
  • 3,755 known or suspected terrorist (KSTs) prevented from traveling to or entering the U.S. by DHS in FY17
    • The majority of these individuals are attempting to travel to the US by air, but some have been encountered at the Southern Border.
  • 6,000 gang members, including MS-13, apprehended at Southern Border and removed by ICE (no FY available)
  • Each year criminal organizations gain $2.5 billion in profit from migrant smuggling
  • DHS encountered more than 3,000 Special Interest Aliens (SIAs) last year at the Southern Border

Rise in vulnerable populations

  • 60,000 unaccompanied children arriving in FY18 – a 25% increase
  • 161,000 family units arriving in FY18 – a 50% increase
  • 2,000% increase over the last five years of asylum claims, but 72% of migrants report making the journey for economic reasons
  • 1 in 3 migrant women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek to the Southern Border
  • 20,000 migrant children were illegally smuggled into the country in December 2018 alone

Walls Work
Data shows that anywhere we have built walls with the correct mix of personnel and technology, we have seen a massive drop in illegal crossings.

  • San Diego (built in 1992): Apprehensions of illegal aliens crossing the border dropped 92 percent over the past 23 years
  • El Paso (built in 1993): Apprehensions of illegal aliens crossing the border dropped 72 percent in one year and 95 percent over 22 years
  • Tucson (built in 2000): Apprehensions of illegal aliens crossing the border dropped 90 percent over 15 year
  • Yuma (built in 2005): Apprehensions of illegal aliens crossing the border dropped 95 percent over 9 years
Customs and Border Protection is encountering a growing number of children at the border and continues to refer a large number for medical care.
  • Customs and Border Protection encountered an estimated 22,000 children last month. Of those 22,000, more 4,000 of them were 5 and under.
  • Border Patrol is referring approximately 50 cases a day to medical providers. Border Patrol referred more than 80 cases to a medical provider just on December 26th.
  • From December 22 through December 30, Border Patrol referred 451 cases to a medical provider, the majority of whom were children.
    • Border Patrol referred 259 children to a medical provider.
    • 129 under the age of 5, 88 between the ages of 6 and 14, and 42 between the ages of 15 to 17.
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