Trump officials cite 'crisis' on border as arrests spike, but doubts surface on numbers

Trump officials cite 'crisis' on border as arrests spike, but doubts surface on numbersAbout three weeks after President Trump first declared a national emergency to unlock funds for his border wall, prompting a slew of lawsuits and a vote in Congress to block it, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released new border apprehension data that seemed, on its face, to be exactly what he needed. According to CBP, the number of people arrested for illegally crossing the border rose from 47,986 in January to 66,450 in February. “This is clearly both a border security and humanitarian crisis,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said at a press conference announcing the newest numbers Tuesday.



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