Political Editors / Mar. 25, 2019

Immigration Crisis Grows, Border Patrol Overwhelmed

ICE is releasing over 1,000 illegal aliens a day as facilities and courts overcrowd.

It’s getting harder and harder for Democrats to ignore the fact that there is an ongoing and growing crisis at the U.S. southern border. But they are still trying because they don’t want to concede that President Donald Trump is right, and that his demand for more border funding to build a wall in order to better secure the border is indeed needed. The question is, how much longer can Democrats deny reality?

In a 176-page report, the American Bar Association recently warned of an “existential crisis” that has reached “unprecedented levels” in the number of immigration cases clogging up the courts. The ABA notes that there are over one million backlogs in the immigration courts. The report states, “Crucially, the number of cases pending before the immigration courts (which were about 262,000 cases at the time of the 2010 Report) has increased to unprecedented levels. There were more than 760,000 pending cases at the end of FY 2018 and an additional 330,000 cases that could be returned to active dockets in short order.”

The report adds, “Today the immigration courts are facing an existential crisis. In light of the fundamentally changed nature of the threat to the immigration court system, the overall conclusion … is that the current system is irredeemably dysfunctional and on the brink of collapse.”

Furthermore, The Washington Times reports that “deportation officers are cutting loose more than 1,000 illegal immigrant family members a day, setting them free into border states as the surge of migrations overwhelms the government’s ability to handle them, officials revealed Thursday.”

Nathalie R. Asher, the acting executive associate director for ICE’s deportation division, noted, “The current crisis that is occurring at the southwest border, the numbers that we collectively as a nation are seeing … is absolutely unprecedented.”

So how about that wall?

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