For the past two months, the Customs and Border Protection agency has taken over 100,000 migrants into custody
per month, a majority of those apprehended were families or underaged minors. These numbers are double what the CBP brought into custody during the same time in FY 2018 and the April numbers are the highest monthly arrests since 2007.
Widening that perspective, the total number of migrants
apprehended at the southwest border in the first seven months of FY2019 has bypassed the total number of migrants apprehended in a single fiscal year over the past decade. May is historically the month that has seen the most border crossings, and officials are bracing for a busy month. The chief of the Border Patrol, Carla Provost, asked the Senate Judiciary panel for $4.5 billion in supplemental funding to meet the demand.
Central American migrants, and Guatemalan and Honduran families
specifically, continue to come north in record numbers, fleeing violence, poverty, and crop failures. President Trump has attempted to use razor wire, thousands of U.S. soldiers, hundreds of miles of barriers, and more stringent asylum processes
to deter or make it more difficult for migrants to enter the country. Despite making wide reaching promises, none of these plans have stemmed the flow of migrants to the border.