WASHINGTON — Today it was reported by multiple news outlets that a new record number of migrant families or unaccompanied minors caught crossing the southern border over an entire year has been set in just five months. Sen. Johnson released the following statement regarding these reports:
“President Obama called it a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in 2014 when 120,000 unaccompanied minors and members of families were apprehended at our southern border. Last year, 145,000 unaccompanied minors and members of families were apprehended. In just the first five months of this fiscal year, that number is now 159,000. It was a humanitarian crisis in 2014 and it is a growing crisis today. It is well past time to develop bipartisan solutions to secure our border and fix our horribly broken immigration system.”
As this graph demonstrates, and as Sen. Johnson has repeatedly raised as a point of concern, this humanitarian crisis has only worsened since President Obama declared it a “humanitarian crisis” in 2014.