The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement as it has been interpreted in later court rulings is the primary factor behind the dramatic increases in the numbers of unaccompanied children and family units crossing into the United States.
In May, the number of family units arriving at the southwest border was four times larger than the previous record. A new ruling announced by the Trump administration is intended to remove the incentive for migrants to illegally bring children across the border.
In testimony before a Senate committee, Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan explained how Congressional refusal to fix immigration legislation is encouraging the trafficking of Mexican children to the United States.
On July 30, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, describing how his agency has been overwhelmed by the immigration crisis.
In the opening statement of his testimony before the Homeland Security subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence makes the case for increased funding for ICE law enforcement operations.
Gregory Nevano, Assistant Director at ICE Homeland Security Investigations, describes the problems of human smuggling and trafficking at the southwestern border, which have intensified with the wave of migration from Central America.