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Karavan med mennesker på vei fra El Salvador til USA 1. november 2018. Foto: Jose Cabezas/Reuters/Scanpix

New York Times melder at det ble tatt 76.000 illegale migranter på grensen mot Mexico bare i februar. Det er den fjerde måned på rad med stigende tall og det høyeste i en februarmåned på 12 år.

For the fourth time in five months, the number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has broken records, border enforcement authorities said Tuesday, warning that government facilities are full and agents are overwhelmed.

More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, more than double the levels from the same period last year and approaching the largest numbers seen in any February in the last 12 years.

Siden det nye budsjettåret begynte i oktober har det skjedd en økning på 97 prosent. Dette er tall Trump kan slå i bordet med.

As of March 3, 237,327 migrants had been apprehended along the southwest border since the fiscal year began in October, a 97 percent increase from the previous year, according to government figures.

Sjokktallene kan påvirke utfallet av den juridiske drakampen om Trumps nasjonale krise. Demokratene og anti-Trump-mediene har hele tiden benektet at det er noen krise i sør. -Den er fabrikert, sier de.

Nå kan pipa få en annen lyd.

Mottaksapparatet er sprengt. Det klarer ikke håndtere alle menneskene.

“The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point,” Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told reporters in announcing the new data.

Diverted by new restrictions at many of the leading ports of entry, migrant families continue to arrive in ever-larger groups in remote parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. At least 70 such groups of 100 or more people have turned themselves in at Border Patrol stations that typically are staffed by only a handful of agents, often hours away from civilization. By comparison, only 13 such groups arrived in the last fiscal year, and two in the year before.

Rundt 90 prosent av de som kommer er fra Guatemala. Tidligere har de brukt flere uker på å ta seg fra Guatemala til grensen. Nå blir de kjørt i busser og gjør reisen på noen få dager. Spørsmålet er: Hvem betaler?

While Central American migrants once took weeks to journey through Mexico to the United States, many Guatemalan families are now boarding buses and reaching the southwest border in as little as four to seven days “on a very consistent basis,” Mr. McAleenan said.

Migrantene er klar over at føderale myndigheter er bundet på hender og føtter: De er pliktige til å gi dem husly, legetilsyn og mat, og etter 20 dager må de slippes fri.

Border Patrol officials said that the biggest “pull factors” encouraging migrant families to make their way to the United States were federal laws and court settlements that prohibit the authorities from deporting Central Americans without lengthy processing, and from detaining migrant families for more than 20 days, after which they must be released into the country while they await immigration court proceedings. Others at the agency pointed to severe poverty and food insecurity in the Western highlands of Guatemala, where many of the families are from, as a primary motivation.

Border at ‘Breaking Point’ as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month