Apprehensions at the southern U.S. border have officially already reached over 504,300 this year. Meanwhile, a Guatemalan official admits migrants are not fleeing to America for safety reasons.

President Donald Trump and his administration have said various times over the last year that in large part, Mexican, Central, and South American migrants come to America for economic reasons.

Seeking employment is not a valid reason to be granted asylum, according to U.S. policy.

Meanwhile, news outlets are reporting Central Americans are fleeing violence and running for their lives to the United States. They are failing to report that many are not opting to stay in Mexico, where most parts are safer than the countries they flee.

One Guatemalan official agrees with the president, revealing the reasons and forces at play behind the huge increase in false asylum cases in the United States. 

Guatemala’s Secretary of Strategic Intelligence Mario Duarte told Breitbart migrants are coming to the United States for economic reasons and have been “weaponized” as a “picketing mob” for international organizations seeking open borders.

“These caravans were very well-funded by different NGOs, several international NGOs, there was a very well-funded logistical chain that organized them in their home countries and took them up from Guatemala to Mexico, all the way to the United States, almost like a picketing mob because that’s, at the end, what you had at the southern border, this huge amount of people.”

“I’m not criminalizing migrants,” Duarte said. “They have been utilized as weapons by others with political reasons.”

Furthermore, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council in the United States, Art Del Cueto said, “The asylum cases that they’re claiming are pretty much false asylum claims.”

“I just don’t understand how we still have elected officials that care more about illegal aliens, that care more about the people that are breaking our nation’s laws, than American citizens themselves,” he told Fox News.

“They’re staying here… One thing that people don’t realize is, these people are getting released within the United States. And a lot of them are not showing up to their court dates.” He said he’s in shock we still have U.S. politicians who refuse to admit it.

Del Cueto also raised one of the most significant concerns about modern illegal immigration. “A huge factor that a lot of us are concerned with is they’re coming across with children. In many instances, these children are not their children. They’re just using them as an extra tool so they can get released within the country at a much faster pace.”

Revealing numbers

Over a decade ago, the number of apprehensions was as high if not higher than today, but the difference was the “types of people that were coming in ten to 15 years ago—were mostly migrant men from Mexico that could be easily sent back,” according to Fox News.

In fiscal year 2007, under the George W. Bush administration, 858,639 deportable illegal migrants were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol at the southwest border. In  FY2008, 705,005 were apprehended, according to data released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agency. [PDF

That number dropped significantly in 2009, under the Barack H. Obama administration. In FY2009, 540,865 deportable illegal migrants were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol at the southwest border. In FY2010, 447,731 deportable illegal migrants were apprehended. The number was even smaller in FY2011: 327,577. In 2012, 356,873.

However, by the end of FY2013 apprehensions had increased to 414,397, and increased to 479,371 in FY2014.

In FY2015, apprehensions dropped to 331,333. And in FY2016, Obama’s last year in office, the official number of deportable illegal migrants caught at the border was 408,870.

Some might argue that there were fewer migrants trying to cross during the Obama years, while others might argue that fewer migrants were being apprehended and more were crossing and getting through.

Nonetheless, it is certain that the numbers of illegal immigrants being apprehended have again increased.  Based on on-the-scene reporting in Mexico and near the U.S. southwest border, as well as CBP reports, the size of groups in exodus has reached unprecedented numbers. The amount of apprehended and arrested has reached critical mass, and the U.S. is struggling to meet demand.

Crisis at the border

The White House asked Congress on May 1 for $4.5 billion in funding to cope with the crisis that officials say has overwhelmed federal resources and capacity.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan testified to Congress, “Simply put, our system is full, and we are well beyond our capacity.”

He said any new waves of vulnerable populations arriving are only exacerbating an already urgent humanitarian crisis at the border.

McAleenan said, “We don’t have the room to hold them, we don’t have the authority to remove them, and they are not likely to be allowed to remain in the country at the end of their immigration proceedings.”

Congress has yet to approve the funds.

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