February Sets Near Decade Record For Detentions Along Southern Border

The number of detentions along the southern border spikes amid heightened partisan tension regarding border security.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. Customs and Border Protection preliminary figures show 76,325 illegal immigrants were apprehended along the southern border in February.

These numbers are up from 58,000 apprehensions in the month of January.

Those figures show over 40,000 family units also arrived, which surpasses previous records by around 10,000 people.

CBP officials expect a growing influx of apprehensions in the coming months and worry 2019 could set more decade-long records.

A majority of the individuals attempting to cross the border are from Central American countries, though some come from all over the world.

This report comes as Capitol Hill tries to halt President Trump’s national emergency declaration to secure funding for border wall construction.

Since Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said he would back the measure in an effort to stop funding, the president may be forced to use his first veto in the coming weeks.

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