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CBP Releases Illegal Alien Apprehension Numbers for May

June 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced official May numbers for illegal alien apprehensions at America’s southern border. According to CBP, 144,278 aliens were “apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the southern border” and “more than 675,000 migrants have been apprehended or deemed inadmissible so far this fiscal year” – approximately the size of one congressional district. Congressman Biggs released the following statement:

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate, and Members of Congress still do not treat this national emergency with the attention it deserves. I regularly speak to members of our Border Patrol who view the realities of these numbers every day. They are overrun, and their ranks are depleted – and their morale is deteriorating. Border Patrol agents are supposed to enforce our laws, but their legislators have utterly failed to give them the resources required to complete their responsibilities. This is dereliction of duty on the part of Members of Congress, and it must not be tolerated any longer by the American people.

“President Trump is committed to securing the border in spite of Congress. Last month, I, and several of my colleagues, sent DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan a letter to outline proposals to slow the surge at the border and provide context for long term immigration proposals. We still await DHS’s response. President Trump realizes that he must take drastic measures to do what Congress is unwilling to do. I implore the administration to immediately exhaust all remaining executive actions to slow this crisis. This is a national emergency, and our leaders must take action to protect Americans and the sovereignty of our great nation.”

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.