Doug Bedell — January 28, 2019, 11:45 am

Illegal Aliens Arrive Mostly by Air or Sea

There are pros and cons to declaring a national security emergency, as President Trump is threatening to do, over the situation along the nation’s southwest border.

A post on In Homeland Security notes that “most illegal entrants arrive by air or by sea.”

“Border patrol apprehension numbers,” the post continues, “also do not support the claim that there is an ongoing emergency at the Southwest border. In 2000, agents apprehended 1.6 million illegal border crossers. In fiscal year 2017, only 304,000 illegal border crossers were apprehended, and 13 percent of those claimed credible fear of returning to their home country. However, also in fiscal year 2017, more than 607,000 people who entered the U.S. legally by air or sea, not land, overstayed their visas and remained in the country illegally at the end of the year, according to DHS. In fiscal year 2018, agents apprehended approximately 400,000 undocumented migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border — the fifth lowest total since 1973. The number of adult migrants traveling without families was the second lowest total since 1970…”

“However, Trump would win political points by declaring a national emergency. It would appease his base by demonstrating his authority and ability to work around Congress to fulfill his biggest campaign promise.”

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