Senate Majority Whip John Thune said apprehensions at the southern border are "spiking" and that Democrats appear "blinded" to the issue by their hatred of President Trump.

Thune, of South Dakota, pointed to the stunning new statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which said that in February, more than 76,000 people tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Officials called it a "remarkable" leap and the highest number of any February in the past 12 years. Of those, 7,249 were unaccompanied children, and 40,385 were family units -- totaling 60 percent of apprehensions.

"The facts are there is a crisis," said Thune, noting that drug dealers and gang members are attempting to cross the border.

He said Democrats in the House "seem to have made up their minds" that the border crisis does not merit an emergency declaration.


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Trump proclaimed a national emergency on the border last month, adding to the approximately 30 other national emergencies declared by presidents going back to Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Thune said that the "hatred the Democrats in Congress have for the president [has] blinded them to the need to address what is a major crisis."

He said that, although some Senate Republicans oppose the emergency declaration on paper, they all agree that "this is a crisis" and the necessary resources must be allocated.


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