During an interview with CNN, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez confirmed that there is a crisis on the border saying “we are beyond the breaking point.”

President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to close the nation’s southern border, or large sections of it, next week if Mexico does not halt illegal immigration at once, according to AP.

The Deputy Commissioner for CBP, Robert Perez, explained the state of southern border: “We are beyond the breaking point. We have reached an unprecedented level with respect to this crisis situation the amount of undocumented migrants that are driving along our southern border. We hit a historic high last month with over 76,000. We’re projecting that we’re going to encounter over a hundred thousand this month right now.”

To manage the crush, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reassigning 750 border inspectors from their usual duties at the ports of entry to help Border Patrol keep pace with arrivals in between ports of entry.

Robert added: “The system not just Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol on the front line but the entirety of the immigration system is absolutely overwhelmed. It was never designed but to deal with these types of numbers and demographics.”

Robert Perez asserted that the crisis is a regional issue and US needs to work with Mexico.

He said: “Our facilities, our legal framework, our resourcing, our infrastructure technology capacity was never designed and built for this. So we need to work with our Mexican counterparts. This is a regional issue and we all need to make sure that we’re doing everything we possibly can to deal with”

Video: US Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner: “We Are Beyond The Breaking Point”

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