'At the breaking point': Huge surge in illegal migrants crossing the southern border in large groups of more than 100 people overwhelms authorities | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


'At the breaking point': Huge surge in illegal migrants crossing the southern border in large groups of more than 100 people overwhelms authorities

Record-breaking numbers of large groups of people illegally crossing the southern border have strained Border Patrol to the breaking point, officials say.

At a press conference in Washington DC on Tuesday, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan appealed to lawmakers to address the growing crisis.

'This situation is not sustainable,' McAleenan said. 'The system is well beyond capacity and remains at the breaking point.'

Officials revealed that 76,000 migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally last month, more than double the number from the same period last year.

Since October, 70 groups of more than 100 people have crossed, often in extremely remote areas where they immediately surrender and claim asylum. Last year, there were only 13 such groups, and only two the year before.

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