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New Southwest Border Arrests Jump 78 Percent In November : NPR



Issac Rodriguez, of Sinaloa, Mexico, peers through the fence that divides Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico.

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Issac Rodriguez, of Sinaloa, Mexico, peers through the fence that divides Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico.

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New government data released on Friday show that the US Border Patrol arrested 51,856 people attempting to illegally cross the southern border in November. This is an increase of 78% over the same period last year

The growing arrests represent a point of reference for the apprehensions under the Trump administration and the number of those who have been arrested are always more adults with children.

In November of last year 7,016 "households" were arrested. In November 2018, the number of families arrested rose almost four times to 25,172, while only 5,283 were unaccompanied minors.

"The border numbers of November 2018 are the predictable result of a broken immigration system – including legal imperfections – that usurps the will of the American people who repeatedly demanded safe borders," said the National Security Department spokesman Katie Waldman in a statement sent by e-mail.

Waldman has accused a recent ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco that has blocked the Trump administration from requesting asylum seekers who present themselves at the ports of entry

"Unfortunately, the individual district judges in different rulings on Immigration gave another free pass to illegal aliens to violate our laws. This has consequences, "said Waldman.

He added that the increase of illegal border crossing points is a key factor in the deployment of the president of more than 5,000 soldiers to the southern border r the migrant caravan from Central America.

U.S. Data from the border patrol covering the FY2000 until 2016 show that the last time more than 50,000 people were arrested at the southern border in November was 2007. It was during Administration of President George W. Bush and 51,594 people were captured.

Back then, the unauthorized migrants were mostly Mexicans. The current wave of migrants is increasingly coming from the countries of the "North Triangle" of Central America, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.


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