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March migrant detentions at southern border hit 15-year record

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Over 171,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border in March, up from 78,442 in January, according to preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data reviewed by The Washington Post.

It is the highest monthly total since 2006, signifying the sheer amount of people mostly fleeing Central America, especially unaccompanied minors.

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In March, according to The Post‘s Friday report, CBP detained over 18,800 unaccompanied minors—a mind-boggling 99% increase from February. This easily surpasses the previous one-month high record of 11,861 in May 2019, as the newspaper noted.

The surge in the amount of migrants arriving as part of family groups last month skyrocketed to over 53,000, a massive uptick from 19,246 in February and 7,294 in January, according to the preliminary figures.

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According to The Post, a current CBP official and a former CBP official who have seen the preliminary figures confirmed their accuracy to the newspaper.

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Overdose death in IN apartment building leads officers to 13 migrants, mostly children, in basement squalor

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13 illegal aliens — most of them children — were reportedly living in an apartment building basement in Indiana, only found because of an overdose death. Officers of the Hammond Police Department were called to investigate the death of a resident in the multi-unit building. But during the investigation, officers discovered a large number of migrants were illegally living in the building’s basement, WGN-TV reported.

When officers arrived, they found 13 illegals from Venezuela — including nine children ranging in age from two months to 14 years, and two women and two men — living in the basement space.

Neighbors told the media that they had no idea that so many people were living illegally in the building as they never saw any of them outside the home.

Further investigation revealed that a local member of the clergy had arranged the illegal living quarters for the migrants. The clergy member was not identified publicly and he has not been charged with anything at present.

“The City of Hammond is not open to this type of illegal criminal activity and [they have] placed people in significant harm, including children,” said Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. who insisted he would hold the clergy member accountable.

It has not yet been reported what the migrants will do, where they will go, and if the city will be on the hook to care for them.

Breitbart News reports that Hammond, Indiana, is just one of many cities in which large numbers of illegals have been found crammed into small spaces in squalid living conditions.

In March, New York City building inspectors discovered an illegal flop house for migrants in which some 70 of them were living in the cramped basement of a Queens furniture store. Through an investigation it was found that the building’s owner, a man named Ebou Sarr, himself an immigrant, was charging the illegals $300 a month to live there.

 

 

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