New reports indicate that radio advertisements are urging migrants to illegally enter the United States in search of “the American Dream,” according to US law enforcement at the southern border.
In El, Paso, Texas, a top-ranking Border Patrol official reported that “the word is definitely out” with those hoping to enter the US illegally.
The official went on to note that the area is “probably the busiest area in the country at the moment with illegal entries.”
With the crisis at the US-Mexico border continuing to worsen each month, US law enforcement officials in the area have repeatedly sought assistance from lawmakers to no avail.
In the month of March, authorities reported apprehending over 100,000 illegal aliens at the southern border.
From Fox News:
The assistant chief patrol said that the Border Patrol’s El Paso Station is “probably the busiest area in the country at the moment with illegal entries,” saying that most who cross to the U.S. are coming from the “Northern Triangle” of Central America — Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — as well as from Cuba and Nicaragua.
Martinez also explained the details of the current steel fence along the border that was built in 2008. Showing Fox News the “bollard-style wall,” he said the barrier is 18-feet-tall and initially hollow. Inside, the slats contain rebar and are filled with concrete.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who is also serving as acting secretary of Homeland Security, said last month that there is “an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our Southwest border, and nowhere has that crisis manifested more acutely than here in El Paso.”
Earlier this month, the El Paso sector said that its agents had apprehended more than 71,000 immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally between Oct. 1 of last year and March 31 of this year. By comparison, the sector had just under 11,000 apprehensions between Oct. 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.