12,774 Family Groups Caught at Border in August — Illegal Alien Groups Up 38.1% From July

Warner Todd Huston

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.

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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.

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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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.

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