Illegal immigration is at its highest levels across the southwest border in more than a decade, The Washington Times reports.
Border Patrol agents reportedly stopped more than 66,000 illegal immigrants jumping the border in February alone. Illegal immigration overall is up 97 percent compared to last year.
The U.S. is on track to arrest more than 780,000 illegal immigrants trying to sneak across the border this fiscal year at the rate things are going, which could be the worst it's been since 2007.
According to Border Patrol Chief of Operations Brian Hastings, the current numbers could be worse than what is stated because majority of them are children and families from Central America and under current U.S. policy they are much tougher to deport.
Illegal immigration across the southwest border is at its highest levels in more than a decade, the government said Tuesday, contradicting claims of Democrats who say there is no border crisis and bolstering President Trump’s case for an emergency.
“The word of mouth and social media quickly gets back to those in northern triangle countries — if you bring a child, you’ll be successful,” Chief Hastings said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said "solutions include investing in Central America, targeting the multibillion-dollar smuggling organizations who funnel the migrants north, constructing more border wall here, and changing laws to stop the incentives that invite more people to come."
“We are facing alarming trends,” McAleenan said, calling the total flow of illegal immigration “our highest levels in over a decade.”
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