The number of families and unaccompanied children surging across the southern border is expected to be on level with – or even greater than – the surge that came through in 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The Hill reports that this surge of illegal immigration, which is again swamping border authorities, immigration courts and health and humanitarian workers, could inflame another political showdown in the volatile presidential election campaign.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Through the first six months of fiscal 2016, which ended on March 31, border officials apprehended 27,754 unaccompanied children, the CBP reported — a 78 percent jump from 15,616 apprehended in 2015, and just shy of the 28,579 apprehended in 2014.
For family units, which consist of at least one child traveling with at least one adult, the increase was even more dramatic. In the first six months of 2016, 32,117 families were apprehended, the CBP reported — an increase of 131 percent from the 2015 figure (13,913) and 62 percent from the 2014 figure (19,830). [/pullquote]
We reported on what is fueling the immigration surge – see: OBAMA BUDGETS MORE FOR EACH ILLEGAL MINOR THAN SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREES
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