Around 1,000 illegal migrants are entering the interior of the U.S. daily without overwhelmed border officials able to gather identifying information or take them into custody, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials are occupied processing unaccompanied migrant minors and family units while attempting to control the number of male adults who enter the U.S., leading to some illegal migrants entering the U.S. unknowingly, according to three CBP officials who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, the PostÂ reported. The number of migrants who are able to evade officials, known as â€œgot aways,â€ has increased substantially in recent weeks, two of the officials told the Post.
A â€œgot awayâ€ is someone who crosses the border illegally, is not apprehended and has not been turned back,Â accordingÂ to CBP. The agency spent over $1 billion in the last 20 years on surveillance technology to monitor for illegal crossings, though officials havenâ€™t always able to apprehend illegal migrants.
Small groups of migrants, some transporting narcotics, have been crossing inÂ remote areasÂ of southern Arizona where itâ€™s difficult for officials to apprehend them, a CBP official told the Post. Smuggling organizations have sent â€œsmall groups of two, three or four, and that quickly occupies all the agents available to go after them,â€ the agent said.
â€œThere are maybe 20 groups a day that are observed, but thereâ€™s nobody to try to go after them,â€ an agent told The Post. â€œThey just keep walking until theyâ€™re out of sight.â€
Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz said the agency recorded 1,000 got aways in a 24-hour period in February which was unusual at the time, the Post reported.
CBP officials have devoted time and resources to transportÂ illegal migrants,Â including unaccompanied minors and family units who surrender to law enforcement so they can apply for refuge in the U.S., the Post reported. Officials are required to prioritize processing families and minors who surrender, though facilities can be hours away from where theyâ€™re encountered.
Mexican criminal organizations often organize groups of hundreds of illegal migrants including family units and unaccompanied minors to overwhelm CBP officials while they smuggle narcotics or single adults into the U.S., the Post reported.
Commanders sometimes send special units to follow up in the area where large groups cross illegally, retired official Rodolfo Karisch told the Post. â€œBut they can get overwhelmed, too, especially if they run into people in distress who require aid,â€ Karisch said, the Post reported.
CBP expects to apprehend over 160,000 migrants in March alone, including a record number of unaccompaniedÂ migrant minorsÂ projected to reach around 18,000, the Post reported. Over 90,000 single adult migrants were apprehended in March, though most of them were expelled to Mexico under the Title 42 public health order that allows for rapid deportations to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
CBP did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundationâ€™s request for comment.
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