Despite denials from Democrats and some Republicans that there is no crisis at the southern border, and that there is no need for an emergency declaration like the one President Donald Trump declared a few weeks ago to be able to move some money around in the federal budget and get the southern border barrier built, on Wednesday, the mainstream media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Drudge Report and more led with a shocking reality.
February 2019 saw a marked uptick in the number of people crossing the US-Mexican border, and the crossings are happening in many of the places We the People have been assured the terrain is too rigorous for such movement to occur:
The number of families snared trying to sneak into the U.S. soared by 50 percent in one month alone, setting an all-time record with more than 36,000 family members apprehended, Homeland Security officials announced Tuesday.
The government has also encountered some 70 groups of at least 100 migrants during the first five months of the fiscal year, shattering records and placing new challenges on Border Patrol agents.
The mini-caravans are being funneled to some of the remotest parts of the border, where there is little in the way of medical help and it takes hours to process and transport the groups. That takes agents off the line, and drug smugglers use the distraction to send across their shipments, top border officials said.
“We are facing alarming trends,” said Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection….
Overall, Border Patrol agents nabbed 66,450 illegal immigrants last month, marking the worst February since 2008. Of those, 6,825 were unaccompanied alien children — juveniles who arrived at the border without any parent. Another 36,174 were family members — a majority of the total and a record-shattering number.
The previous high was 27,507 family members in December. Before fiscal 2019, the government had never topped 17,000 family members in any month on record. It has now done so in each of the past five months.
In addition to the Border Patrol, CBP officers who man the ports of entry encountered another 9,653 migrants who tried to enter without authorization.
These are indeed alarming trends and they do point to the necessity of a border wall or barrier, just as President Trump has been saying since he announced his candidacy for president almost four years ago.
The question for the week, though, is why is the mainstream media suddenly on the bandwagon. Why are the reporters actually reporting the news rather than parroting Democrat talking points.
Something has changed.