Migrant border apprehensions in May jump to highest in 13 years

Jun 6, 2019, 7:54 AM | Updated: 10:25 am
(AP Photo)...
(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

PHOENIX – Migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border leaped to their highest monthly numbers in more than 10 years in May, federal authorities said, totaling 132,887.

Customs and Border Protection said another 11,391 were deemed inadmissible, pushing the number of migrants stopped from entering through the Southwest to 144,278.

Apprehensions hadn’t passed 100,000 since April 2007.

This past April, border agents apprehended 99,304.

“We are bursting at the seams,” Randy Howe, the agency’s executive director of operations, said.

“This can’t continue.”

For the month, the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector experienced a 381% increase of family unit apprehensions from last May.

Officials said they weren’t counting on the hotter summer weather to lead to a seasonal downturn in migration as it usually does.

Already, agents have apprehended large groups of migrants in the first days of June.

“We’re not seeing any signs of anything dropping off,” Brian Hastings, the Border Patrol’s chief of law enforcement operations, said.

President Donald Trump has asked for $4.5 billion to address the influx of migrants, but Congress has yet to approve it.

He’s also threatened to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican products if authorities there don’t curb migration from Central America.

Mexican officials went to Washington this week to lobby the Trump administration not to make that move.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Peter Samore and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pixabay Photo)...

Phoenix police shoot, kill man throwing rocks at patrol car

Phoenix police are investigating an officer-involved shooting after a man throwing rocks at a patrol car died Saturday evening.
11 hours ago
(Pixabay Photo)...

Tucson man accused of lying about weapon used in mass shooting

A Tucson man was charged last week for making a false statement to agents during an investigation into a mass shooting, authorities said.
11 hours ago
(Pixabay Photo)...

Glendale Community College teams with police on law enforcement training academy

Glendale Community College and West Valley police departments said they've partnered to launch a fulltime law enforcement training academy.
11 hours ago
Arizona Secretary of State Latie Hobbs, left, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Kris Mayes, ...
Associated Press

GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democrats vowed Saturday to fight for women’s rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances, looking to capitalize on an issue they hope will have a major impact on the midterm elections. Republican candidates were silent a day after […]
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...

Gilbert Oktoberfest set for Oct. 15 at Gilbert Regional Park

An oompah band will welcome visitors to Gilbert Regional Park for this year's Gilbert Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 15.
1 day ago
Pamphlets are seen on the counter at the Planned Parenthood Central Phoenix Health Center in Phoeni...

Planned Parenthood launches $1.5M electoral campaign in Arizona

Planned Parenthood Votes launched a $1.5 million statewide electoral program in Arizona for the upcoming midterms.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles


Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.