WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released operational statistics showing that May broke April’s record for the highest number of border encounters on record which makes it clear that this administration’s border crisis will soon be a catastrophe:
“The May CBP operational statistics broke April’s record for the highest number of border encounters on record which makes it clear that this administration’s border crisis will soon be a catastrophe with the current influx of unlawful migrants. The May CBP numbers show more than 239,000 total encounters at the border. This includes more than 59,000 migrant family members; more than 165,000 single adult migrants; and more than 14,600 unaccompanied children.
“The surge in illicit narcotics coming over our border also continues to endanger families in Ohio and throughout the country with more than 1,100 pounds of fentanyl seized last month. This is only the fentanyl that is being seized as the vast majority of fentanyl is getting through undetected according to the DEA. The lack of responsible border policies by this administration is allowing Mexican transnational criminal organizations to push these deadly substances into communities in Ohio and throughout the country. This administration must take action to end their border crisis to ensure the safety and security of all Americans.”