February was a busy month for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials, according to data released by the agency earlier this week.
CBP reported more than 76,000 migrant families crossed the southern U.S. border last month, twice as many as during the same time period a year ago. CBP says it apprehended over 66,000 people last month, which is the most since March 2009, and that more than 8.700 of those apprehended for crossing illegally were trying to cross into California.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen went before the House Homeland Security Committee where she was pressed hard on a number of topics, including DHS’ former policy of separating children and families at the border. She urged members of the committee to confront the “humanitarian catastrophe” along the U.S.-Mexico border and backed President Trump’s national emergency declaration, citing the CBP data showing an increase in the number of immigrants crossing the border illegally.
Today on AirTalk, guest host Libby Denkmann follows up on the big takeaways from the hearing and checks in with a reporter who has been on the ground at the border covering the latest.
With guest host Libby Denkmann
Kate Irby, California congressional reporter for the news organization McClatchy; she tweets @kateirby