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Illegal Migrants Released Due to ‘Severe Overcrowding’ at Detention Centers

Due to “severe overcrowding” at U.S. detention centers, border patrol officials are releasing hundreds of illegal migrants from the centers.

Detention centers are reaching a breaking point with the surge of families and unaccompanied children overwhelming the U.S.-Mexico southern border, resulting in overcrowded facilities.

In an interview this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen commented about the crisis at the southern border, saying, it’s a “system meltdown.”

“We truly are in system meltdown,” Nielsen said. “The system was not built for this type of flow, for these numbers and what we’re seeing, whether it’s drugs, whether it’s traffickers, whether it’s the child exploiters, or whether it’s all the families and the children who are coming across very sick and very in need.”

The number of recent illegal migrant apprehensions and attempts to cross the southern border are staggering.

This week, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tweeted that over 400 illegal migrants were apprehended in a five-minute span.

For the month of March, the Department of Homeland Security is projecting 100,000 illegal migrants will be apprehended at the southern border.

In February, over 70,000 illegal migrants tried to cross the U.S. southern border and were apprehended, one of the highest numbers in the last 12 years for the month of February.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan acknowledged to reporters, “The system is well beyond capacity and remains at the breaking point.”

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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