Doug Bedell — May 31, 2019, 2:28 pm

Dire Developments at the Southern Border, as Tariffs on Mexico Loom

The situation at the U.S. southern border is dire. For information on just how dire – in both humanitarian and security terms – here’s the text of a background press briefing officials of the Department of Homeland Security and the White House held on the evening of May 30.

“Over the past 21 days, an average of over 4,500 people (a day) have crossed our border illegally or arrived at ports of entry without documents. In May of 2017, that number was less than 700 a day. The month of May is on pace to be the highest month in crossings in over 12 years and will significantly surpass the record 109,000 in April.”

Now President Trump is planning to impose tariffs on goods coming from Mexico, starting at five percent on June 10 and rising to 25 percent by October 1, if… it’s hard to glean what could keep those tariffs from being imposed.

Read through the press briefing and expect to be jolted and greatly disheartened in doing so. The human toll of the border crisis is immense and nobody seems to have a handle on it.

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