U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics released Friday show that border guards have arrested 290 percent more family units so far in this fiscal year than during the same period in the previous year.
According to a news release from the Department of Homeland Security agency, the data indicates that migrant families are continuing to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in the wake of the migrant caravan that generated enormous media coverage in late 2018.
Large groups of 100 or more people, many of which are families from Central America, are increasingly crossing the border illegally in remote areas. As of January, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents encountered 58 large groups so far this year compared to 13 during this same period in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
“Family units and unaccompanied children from Central America are crossing the border illegally in greater numbers and in larger groups than ever before, straining our law enforcement resources,” said Brian Hastings, U.S. Border Patrol Chief of Operations. “These trends are very concerning and demonstrate the reality of the ongoing humanitarian and border security crisis.”
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Family unit apprehensions by USBP agents so far this FY are up 290 percent compared to the same period in FY 2018, from 25,625 in FY 2018 to 99,901 so far this year.
The spike in border violations has prompted many to demand the border wall that President Donald Trump says he is committed to building.
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