Border officials have reported that the U.S. government has apprehended an increasing number of illegal “families” trying to illegally sneak into the country at the southern border.
Trump’s administration is doing exactly what it said it would do, increase efforts to stop illegals from stealing across the border.
According to CNSNews:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 37,544 individuals crossing into the country illegally in August. Another 9,016 people were deemed inadmissible and turned away at ports of entry, for a grand total of 46,560 people who tried to take advantage of the nation’s broken immigration system in August alone.
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That compares with the 40,011 apprehended/deemed inadmissible in July; and the 30,567 apprehended/inadmissible in August 2017.
Of particular concern last month was the increase in family units. CBP says 12,774 family units tried to cross into the U.S. in August, a 38.1 percent increase from the 9,247 family units picked up in July. That 12,774 number is the highest ever posted for the month of August. (An additional 3,181 family units were deemed inadmissible at Southwest ports of entry.)
The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border also increased by 12 percent in August, to 4,396 from 3,920 in July.
Officials note that the surge of illegals comes amidst our own national debate about immigration where Democrats constantly claim that the borders should be completely open to every immigrant whether they are legal or not. This message resonates with illegals who think that they will just be able to break our laws with impunity.
“Smugglers and traffickers understand our broken immigration laws better than most and know that if a family unit illegally enters the U.S. they are likely to be released into the interior,” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said.
“We know that the vast majority of family units who have been released, despite having no right to remain in any legal status, fail to ever depart or be removed,” Houlton added. “Through the third quarter of FY 2018, only 1.4 percent of family units have been repatriated to their home country from noncontiguous countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.”
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