Editorials

Camp of the Saints, Stateside

In early June, border agents near San Diego did what they do a lot these days. They collared two previously deported sex criminals who had re-entered the United States illegally. Both men were convicted of sex crimes against children, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported. Yet the two are somewhat unusual in one respect: they are Mexican.

That’s unusual because nearly 70 percent of the illegal aliens crossing the Southwest border these days are Central Americans from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Border agents routinely catch previously deported sex fiends from those countries, too. Problem is, those agents are overwhelmed, and not just because previously deported criminals won’t stay where they belong.

They are overwhelmed because of the stupefying numbers. A tsunami of illegal aliens is swamping the border, CBP data show. The number so far since Oct. 1, 2018, the beginning of the fiscal year, is 593,507. That’s 2,452 illegal attempted crossings per day every day, as of this writing. In May, more than 4,429 hit the border each day. Let’s call this what it is: an invasion, Jean Raspail’s The Camp of the Saints come true.

The numbers don’t look any better broken down by the month: 132,887 in May, 99,304 in April, 92,840 in March. Monthly totals have more than doubled since October, when a mere 51,008 crossed.

In March, border officials declared...

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