Immigration Officials Tell Congress They Are ‘overwhelmed' at U.S.-Mexico Border as Apprehensions Spike

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Wednesday told Congress that they are "overwhelmed" amid a continued surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.The number of migrants apprehended by U.S. authorities along the southwestern border topped 100,000 for the second month in a row, officials said.April's tally of 109,144 apprehended border-crossers — many of them families and children — is the highest monthly total since 2007, and it means apprehensions so far this fiscal year have already outpaced the full-year totals for each fiscal year since 2009, officials said."Our apprehension numbers are off the charts as compared to recent years," said U.S. Border Patrol chief Carla Provost, whose agency is part of Customs and Border Protection. "It's like holding a bucket under a faucet. It doesn't matter how many buckets you give me if we can't turn off the flow."That stark view came into focus at a Senate immigration subcommittee hearing hosted by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican who's up for re-election next year.  Continue reading...

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