After April’s lead in migrant encounters, the San Diego sector saw numbers spike in May

SAN DIEGO (Border Report) – In April, 37,000 migrants were apprehended in the San Diego Border Patrol sector, more than in any of the other nine sectors along the southern border, and Agent Patricia McGurk-Daniel said her agents have already apprehended 8,303 migrants from 66 countries in the first week of May.

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San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond, who has been critical of the continued influx of migrants into the region, said Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed.

“We should be able to manage the numbers that are coming in,” he said. “One of the other things we’re seeing in San Diego County is boat landings, boats just washing up on our beaches – about four a week and a dozen or so people jumping into the area. We don’t know who they are, where they’re going or what their intentions are.”

Desmond is also concerned about the amount of money spent on migrant services.

“San Diego County spent $6 million on a migrant drop-off site that was open for four months,” he said.

The facility was closed in February after the municipality stopped financing it.

It was operated by a non-governmental organization that used part of the funds to purchase airline tickets to help migrants reach their destination.

“The Border Guard was Uber for migrants; we have become travel agencies,” Desmond said.

Since the county recently received more than $19 million from the federal government for migrant services, Desmond believes the money could be better spent in other ways.

“I think the money should be spent on vetting people and securing our beaches so we don’t have to just dock the boats,” he said. “We should secure or at least make resources available to our Border Patrol agents so they can properly vet people.”

Desmond hopes the money will not be used to support another immigration facility.

“Unfortunately, at the current rate we were spending money before, $19 million will only last for a year, so what happens after that? It will come back to our laps.”

But some advocates, like Pedro Rios of the American Friends Service Committee, believe the money should be spent on migrants.

“People who have been through so much and are still suffering. If we can temporarily alleviate this suffering, we are doing something that will be good for them,” he said.

Rios told Border Report that it is everyone’s responsibility to provide care for asylum seekers – people he believes have every right to be here.

“There are laws in the United States that say if someone is fleeing harm and wants to apply for asylum, they have the right to do so, whether that’s by entering through one of these places or by presenting themselves at a port of entry, it is his right under the Constitution and international agreements regarding seeking asylum.”

Rios insists people have no reason to fear asylum seekers, especially those released by Border Patrol agents in public places throughout the county.

“Everyone who is picked up on our public transportation is taken off with documentation showing they have been processed, vetted and have a background check,” Rios said. “They have a court date scheduled, they are responsible for showing up for that hearing and providing information about their whereabouts.”

Rios and Desmond agree on one thing: a solution must be found.