MCALLEN, Texas — Despite the many assurances provided by the Obama Administration, the flow of Central American illegal immigrants continues to climb and is expected to surpass previous records.
In terms of families illegally entering the country, the number has already surpassed the infamous 2014 amount when the sudden flow of illegal immigrants into south Texas set off a humanitarian crisis.
The most recent figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed that in the 2016 fiscal year, authorities have encountered 68,080 family units, the term used to describe underage immigrants accompanied by at least one adult relative. That figure is already higher than the 66,144 family units apprehended in 2014. In the case of underage immigrants, during 2016, authorities have apprehended 54,052, in comparison to the 66,115 underage immigrants detained in 2014.
“We haven’t seen anything like this since the summer of 2014. The flow is increasing at an alarming rate. If we don’t do something to stem the massive influx, we will likely see numbers that eclipse those of 2014,” said US Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera speaking as Vice President for the NBPC Local 3307. “The cartel groups are tying us up on one end with the family groups and running their narcotics because we are caught up doing babysitting duties.”
In the Mexican border city of Reynosa, the criminal organization known as the Gulf Cartel has set up stash houses throughout the region to hold illegal immigrants in preparation for their trip over the river into Texas. The immigrants are taken west towards the area immediately south of Starr County. The area has been a bustling corridor due to its lack of physical barriers and its limited patrolling.
Once the cartel smugglers are able to bring illegal aliens over the Rio Grande, they move them to stash houses on the U.S. side where they hold them until they can be moved to their final destination. The journey to the stash house presents a security issued for individuals on the U.S side of the border. Breitbart Texas previously reported, if encountered by law enforcement, human smugglers routinely flee and start high speed chases through small border cities such as La Joya, Sullivan City and others. The chases have often resulted in tragic crashes that have left dozens injured and resulted in multiple fatalities.
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project and you can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.
This article has been updated to reflect additional information.
OBAMA DOCTRINE: KEEP AMERICA’S BORDERS OPEN AND
UNDEFENDED AND CATCH AND RELEASE MEXICO’S INVADING CRIMINAL CLASS…. So they go
U.S. Border Patrol agents in southern California arrested a previously convicted and deported killer shortly after he illegal re-entered the country from Mexico.
Agents from the Calexico Station in the San Diego Sector encountered a 33-year-old Mexican national near the Calexico West Port of Entry on Thursday night. The agents observed the man running northward from the International Border fence, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.
The Border Patrol agents caught up with the man and interviewed him. During the interview, it was determined determined the man had illegally crossed the border from Mexico. They arrested him and took him to the Calexico Border Patrol Station for processing.
A background records check on the Mexican national revealed he had previously been convicted in the United States for voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges. The convictions earned the man a nine-year prison sentence in the State of California prison system. He was deported from the United States in 2012.
“While carrying out our duties as Border Patrol agents, we sometimes encounter dangerous individuals with prior criminal histories attempting to enter the country illegally,” Acting Special Operations Supervisor Miguel Garcia said in a written statement. “This arrest shows how we strive to ensure the safety and well-being of our community while also enforcing immigration laws.”
The Mexican national now faces additional criminal prosecution for felony Re-Entry After Removal as a convicted felon.