A new federal government report states there is currently a humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border. In yesterday's report, Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan says from October to date there has been an increase of more than 300% in immigrant family unit apprehensions compared to the same period the year before. The statement says the increase is a challenge to the agency's operations and facilities along the border with Mexico.
The Customs and Border Protection report says since October, 70 groups of 100 or more people have been detained whereas by comparison, in the entire previous year only 13 similar groups were taken into custody. Commissioner McAleenan also says funds are being allocated to create a new Central Processing Center in El Paso for asylum seeking immigrants. He says there will be qualified medical staff on hand at the new CPC to perform screenings of every immigrant and to provide limited treatment.