While Americans are focused on whether or not we should admit Syrians seeking political asylum, new reports show that the situation at the Mexican border is once again spiraling out of control. Border Patrol statistics show that nearly 8,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended over the last month and a half.

Of course, the unaccompanied minors are only part of the problem. Since October 1, approximately 25,000 illegal immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have been captured by border officials. The Washington Times reports also:

The number of Chinese, Brazilians, Indians and, strikingly, Cubans, has each surged by more than 100 percent, and the number from Pakistan, while small overall, has spiked from 6 at this point last year to 31 now — an increase of more than 400 percent.

Also frightening are reports that 13 Syrians have been stopped on their way into the country and subsequently put into the ICE processing system. What’s next for them? Deportation? Indefinite detention? Asylum and relocation? The Department of Homeland Security insists that the Syrians have clean backgrounds. Maybe they do. But that doesn’t change the fact that we have a real problem on our hands.

“The greatest existential threat to this nation right now is this administration’s open-border policy. This is no longer about immigration, it’s about the president and DHS keeping open the corridors on the southern border that are accessible to anyone in the world,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.

Absolutely. Do we need to address the Obama administration’s vow to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country? Damn right. Do we need to figure out what to do about the millions of illegal immigrants in the country right now? Certainly.

But we also need to recognize that thousands of illegals from all over the world are streaming into this country at a staggering pace. And we need to keep in mind that the statistics we have – damning as they are – are only about illegals who have been arrested. No one can say with the slightest degree of certainty how many people are coming across the border without being detected.

When you follow this down to its logical conclusion, it’s easy to see why Trump’s wall appeals to so many conservatives. This isn’t something you can stop with more manpower alone. It’s not something you can stop just by hoping. If we want to secure the border, we’re going to have to secure the border. Period.

No time like the present.