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The former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Saturday that America has a “crisis” on the southern border, and that the number of apprehensions exceed everything that he encountered during his time serving under former President Barack Obama.
“By any definition, LIVING by a measure, now we have a crisis on our southern border,” he said on “Cavuto.” “According to the Commissioner for [Customs and Border Protection], there were 4,000 fears, in one day alone last week, and we are on pace for 100,000 apprehensions on our southern border this month.”
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“This is by far a larger number than what I saw on my clock in my three years as a Secretary of Homeland Security,” he said.
Johnson’s remarks come after President Trump this week, Mexico accused of doing nothing to stop illegal immigration in the United States and threatened with the closure of the southern border of the next week.
The Obama-era DHS Secretary was referring to comments by U.S. CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the border was at his “breaking point” and that there are not enough agents to respond to the crisis.
Last month, more than 76,000 migrants were arrested, marking the highest number of apprehensions in 12 years. This number includes more than 7,000 unaccompanied children. More than 36,000 families with an immigrant background to have arrived in the El Paso region in fiscal year 2019, with approximately 2,000 at the same time last year, according to CBP data. The influx has prompted new challenges for the Border Patrol agents.
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Trump declared a national emergency last month after the Congress to accede to refused to his demand of more than $5 billion in funding for a wall on the border.
Democrats and some Republicans, have turned against this explanation — that an additional $3.6 billion in financing, which can be used on a wall An account of the rebuke, the move, passed both the house and the Senate, but was vetoed by Trump. To overwrite an effort that veto failed on Tuesday in the house.
The State Department, meanwhile, said on Saturday that it is direct aid for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala cuts for 2017 and 2018. It did not immediately say why.
Johnson said that he believed that there was a party across the way, in order to resolve the deadlock, to avoid the between the White house and the Congress, and there was a chance for a couple of similarities, but Trump should not try, Congress.
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“There are ways to do this, and you make your case to Congress for why there is a crisis, and there is a crisis on our southern border now, and they do it by a conventional reprogramming and you will get the resources they need to cope with the crisis,” he said. “There are answers to this problem, and if we strip away the politics and emotion that you can be.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.