Illegal Immigration Rises for Fourth Straight Month

(Daily Caller News Foundation) Arrests of illegal aliens along the U.S.-Mexico border ticked up again in August, the fourth consecutive month that apprehensions have risen since declining to recent lows in the early months of the Trump administration.

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Border agents arrested or turned away more than 30,000 illegal immigrants last month, up 22 percent compared to July, according to Customs and Border Protection figures released Monday. The total for August was nearly double the 15,700 apprehensions along the southwest border in April.

Border arrests are used as a proxy for overall levels of illegal immigration. The idea is that, assuming a given standard of border security, more apprehensions mean that more illegal aliens are slipping undetected into the U.S., and vice versa.

The rising number of arrests along the border, which typically fall during the hot summer months, suggests that President Donald Trump’s early deterrent effect on illegal immigrants may be wearing off.

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Still, illegal immigration flows across the border are likely far lighter now than they were at the same time last year under the Obama administration. Border apprehensions were 41 percent lower in August compared to the same month last year, and year-to-date totals for FY 2017 are 24 percent lower than the same period in FY 2016, according to CBP figures.

A potentially worrying trend is that much of the recent rise in illegal immigration is driven by an influx of unaccompanied children (UAC) and family units. Those cases are particularly troublesome for immigration authorities because they often trigger complex appeals in immigration courts.

While all border arrests climbed 22 percent from July, apprehensions of UACs and family units jumped 30 percent.

UAC and family units represented 34 percent of all Border Patrol arrests along the southwest border in August, and 32 percent of all inadmissible aliens turned away at points of entry.

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  • helm20558

    I don’t have the answer but I sure wish we could get a handle on this. I’m sick and tired of ALL the invaders.

  • Spunky

    When catching them – first offense – return them immediately – second offense prison camp for 6 months – third offense should bring execution – this is a war

  • Naval Lint

    “While all border arrests climbed 22 percent from July, apprehensions of UACs and family units jumped 30 percent.”
    As long as Democrats continue to fight to maintain the DACA crap, this WILL continue! And, in 10 years or so, we will see ANOTHER “requirement to grant asylum to these poor, down-trodden children…” who will then be young adults. NO MORE ASYLUM FOR ANYBODY!!!!

    • Tasha Marie Montelongo

      Exactly. What the politicians and mainstream news is NOT telling us Americans, that for every single DACA person that’s eligible, there are 3 to 4 more illegals aliens that are their family members. So while this number of 800,000 DACA, they keep spouting, it is actually up to 3 million illegal aliens in our country. We Americans already allow about a million of legal immigration annually, so yes we have a major problem in our country. Now politicians who was once opposed to DACA & breaking our laws, are now advocating for it. This is a direct result of Obamas executive order, which he himself said it was only “temporary”, but of course MSN won’t cover that part. Smh

      • Naval Lint

        The multiplier use in another article about this was 6.38 which would make that 800,000 over 4.8 MILLION. Quite the Democrat voter increase…