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Exclusive: DHS data shows growing surge of migrants at the border March 25, 2019 Stef W. Kight "The number of immigrants arrested or turned away at the southern border has continued to climb to levels not seen for years, according to new Department of Homeland Security data obtained by Axios. Why it matters: The surge has been driven by an influx of migrant families and unaccompanied children, according to a DHS official. "At the moment, we have the closest thing to an open border that we've had," said Leon Fresco, an immigration attorney and member of a Homeland Security advisory committee formed by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen several months ago. Show less Detention centers are overcrowded, and immigration officials often aren't able to deport immigrants as quickly through expedited removal procedures. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection have even begun releasing migrant families into the U.S. almost immediately instead of holding them in detention, Mark Morgan, former chief of Customs and Border Protection under President Obama, told Axios. He said this could create an additional incentive for migrants. "Unless Congress does something, we are where we are on this. There are no levers left to pull." The big picture: The latest data comes at a time when the Trump administration is trying to make the case that there is a true emergency at the border, in the face of skepticism in Congress and pushback over his national emergency intended to fund a border wall. It also comes during reports of Mexican smugglers using buses for quicker, safer transportation for Guatemalan migrants. Central Americans continue to gather in large groups for the long voyage to the border. The Trump administration is expanding a policy that forces some asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico until their cases are completed. And President Trump has vetoed Congress' efforts to end his declared national emergency. Between the lines: Families and children who have fled dire circumstances in their home nations are coming to the U.S. for asylum. But there are real logistical issues at the border and in U.S. immigration policy. Immigration is already a complex issue, but it has become an increasingly political one as well. "We're infusing politics, which is making it even further a dysfunctional immigration system," Morgan said." snip https://www.axios.com/immigation-surge-migrant-families-southern-border-dhs-ce83285d-5275-45f5-bbaf-df707ad545d2.html Caravan of migrants in Mexico starts moving towards U.S. - March 25, 2019 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-caravan/caravan-of-migrants-in-mexico-starts-moving-towards-u-s-idUSKCN1R50XJ ‘Mother of all migrants’ caravans’ is forming up in Honduras: interior secretary "Numbers could go higher than 20,000" - March 27, 2019 https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/mother-of-all-caravans-gathering-in-honduras/ DOJ Press Release: Owner of South Bay Law Firm and Office Manager Charged with Committing Large-Scale Immigration Visa Fraud - March 26, 2019 https://www.oversight.gov/report/sec/doj-press-release-owner-south-bay-law-firm-and-office-manager-charged-committing-large Trump Directs State Dept. to End Aid to 3 Central American Countries ... March 29, 2019 Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvadore https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/us/politics/trump-mexico-illegal-immigration.html President Trump Threatens To Shut Down Southern Border Unless Mexico Stops Migrant Caravan - March 29, 2019 https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/03/29/president_trump_threatens_to_shut_down_southern_border_unless_mexico_stops_migrant_caravan.html As you can see, we have a real crisis, especially on our southern border. We give all of these countries millions in aid every year. We cannot support, or even begin to process or vet all the thousands of people who arrive at our border every month. Not only that, we've all heard the many horror stories of women and children being trafficked, abused, etc., while traveling. What we need to stop are those perpetuating, aiding and abetting these caravans, for they are the ones creating this human crisis. A refugee is supposed to apply for asylum in the first country whose border they cross, and then stay there, not travel across the borders of two or three countries, with the intent to come to the US to seek asylum. A number of those coming are armed militants and criminals. Congress needs to stop stonewalling and deal with this situation, however they must, for everyone's sake. Every one of the countries, these caravans cross, should make an effort to stop them, instead of providing transport to get them to the US border. This is a sad and troubling situation, and it's not going to go away just because we want it to. Action and cooperation on many fronts is called for, right now, not at some unknown point in the future.