New Norm: 1,500 Illegals a Day

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Border patrol agents and resources are overwhelmed by the new normal of nearly 1,500 illegals per day crossing our southern border. In October alone, Customs and Border Protection apprehended 46,197 illegal aliens, which included 13,124 members of family units and another 6,754 unaccompanied children. This is an increase of 118 percent over October, 2015. A new temporary facility in Texas has been opened to accommodate them.

The temporary facility, located 40 miles east of El Paso, can hold up to 500 people and will be in place for 30 days, after which time the illegals are transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). About 150 border agents from other areas have been temporarily reassigned to deal with the surge. However, the Department of Homeland Security shut down an aerial surveillance program that intercepts drugs and illegals. DHS insists that illegal crossings have declined along the border. The aerial surveillance program, called “Operation Phalanx” accounted for 10,559 apprehensions and 4,007 turn-backs from March 2012 to December 2015, and 12,851 pounds of narcotics were also seized

Why this Matters: Thank God that President Obama’s amnesty law, which was done via executive order, has been challenged and is being held up in the courts. When he is inaugurated, President Trump can immediately repeal it. Trump has said he will appoint more robust leadership at DHS, so Operation Phalanx could be up and running as soon as inauguration day.

How to Pray: Father, protect the border agents. Guide the new President as he deals with border and security issues. We ask for provisions to be made in these people’s home countries for them to find work and be able to care for their families so they will not try to enter ours illegally. Give the agents wisdom and discernment as they try to secure our border.

Ps. 33:18, 22 – Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

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