Friday, October 11, 2019

12-Year Record for Illegal Crossings: Border Patrol Reportedly Apprehended 851,000 in Fiscal 2019

Picture the entire population of Indianapolis — every man woman and child in the city of about 860,000, which is rated as the 12th largest in the United States.
Then picture that many illegal immigrants crossing the United States southern border to be arrested by Border Patrol agents. That’s the reality of 2019, according to data published by the Washington Examiner.
The number arrested is the highest since 2007.
The federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, closed last week with 40,000 arrests in September, a massive drop from the 132,000 arrests in May.
The numbers do not represent all of those who wanted to enter the U.S.
As of Aug. 31, 263,000 would-be immigrants had been turned away at ports of entry, the Examiner reported. Totals for the final quarter have not yet been released.
Data from the southern border show the impact of migration from Central America, with more than 250,000 people each from Guatemalan and Honduras being arrested.
Migrants claiming to be family units showed a major spike, according to the data. Through Aug. 31, more than 450,000 of those arrested said they were traveling with a family member. As recently as 2015, the number was below 80,000.
In July, Thomas Homan, the former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testified to Congress about the story behind those numbers.
“The increases and demographic changes in illegal crossings are in direct response to loopholes in our laws that are being exploited,” Homan testified.
Read the rest of the story HERE.

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