A resurgence in U.S. border crossings has reached levels seen during the Obama administration.
The number of border crossings hit an historic low in April 2017, but between April 2017 and December 2017, family unit border crossings have risen 625 percent, according to data from the U.S. government.
The number of border crossings reported in December 2017 surpassed the amount seen under the Obama administration, with U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehending almost 30,000 illegal aliens who attempted to enter the U.S. between ports of entry which are slated to be guarded by Trump’s proposed border wall.
In December 2017, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen toured the border wall prototypes and contended the wall was needed to quell illegal immigration.
“We’ve got to have a wall, we’re going to have a wall. But then you need the technology, you need the people, you need the censors, you need the cameras, you need the monitoring, to make sure that that wall is as effective as it can be,” Nielsen said.
The number of border crossings surged during the last two months of 2017 as President Trump vowed to help the so-called “Dreamers” remain in the U.S.
“The President’s softening on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) is causing the problem. Saying he “loves these kids” not only spurs the border crossings, but it helps push the narrative for Democrats who want full-blown amnesty granted because they know it results in votes for liberals,” said Dennis Michael Lynch, CEO of DML News.
According to Breitbart News, “Human smugglers on the southern border and future illegal aliens pay close attention to the national immigration debate in the U.S. to decide when will be the best time to cross into the country illegally.”
As the end of the first month of 2018 approaches, it appears the Republican-controlled Congress remains dedicated to the demands from big business for more legal immigration and continued access to illegal alien workers. Congress has yet to appropriate the full $18 billion in funding for the border wall and have instead shifted focus to offering illegal aliens who benefit from DACA a pathway to U.S. citizenship.