POLITICO MAGAZINE – We interrupt the talk of the president “manufacturing” a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border.
Alarming new numbers about border apprehensions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection should puncture the lazy conventional wisdom about the border being under control, except in the lurid imagination of President Donald Trump.
All during the fight over a border wall, we were told by the media and progressives commentators that the border is practically locked down because apprehensions are down from highs in the 2000s. Along with almost every other critic of the president, Steve Schmidt was outraged that “the president of the United States would manufacture out of whole cloth this crisis.”
Being anti-Trump means never having to say you are sorry or you were wrong, so the latest evidence won’t make an impression on anyone who blithely dismissed the idea of border crisis. But it should.
More than 76,000 migrants were apprehended crossing the southern border last month, the highest February in more than 10 years and the highest month of the Trump administration. The number of apprehensions tops any month during the 2014 border surge under President Barack Obama, which no one had a problem calling a crisis at the time.
Editor’s Note: Click here to read the full op-ed by Rich Lowry, editor of National Review and a contributing editor with Politico Magazine.
Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above story shows an image from a BBC video about a migrant caravan halted by Mexico police on the Guatemala border. Click here to watch the video.