Illegal Immigrant Numbers Surge Before Trump Takes Office

The number of illegal aliens attempting or succeeding in crossing over the southwest border has increased significantly in the past month. This surge is in response to the recent election, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The DHS released information stating approximately 46,195 immigrants were caught crossing the border in the month of October.

Officials from the Department of Homeland Security also noted apprehensions are an indicator as to the amount of people trying to cross over the border.

The Daily Caller reports:

October’s level is a substantial increase over the already high apprehension numbers tallied in September (39,501), August (37,048), and last October (32,724).

Officials also reported they captured an unusual amount of unaccompanied minors and adults traveling with minors as “family units” last month.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to DHS, 13,124 “family units” were apprehended attempting to illegally enter the U.S. last month — a 118 percent increase over the 6,025 “family units” apprehended last October. The apprehensions last month were also significantly higher than September and August, when Border Patrol caught 9,353 and 9,609 “families,” respectively.

The Department of Homeland Security has been instructed by Secretary Jeh Johnson to increase detention areas, as a result of the increase of detainees.

The DHS is also cooperating with other countries to return their citizens quickly and efficiently.

The Daily Caller reports:

“I have told our border security and immigration enforcement personnel that we must keep pace with this increase,” Johnson said in a statement Thursday.


“As a result, there are currently about 41,000 individuals in our immigration detention facilities — typically, the number in immigration detention fluctuates between 31,000 and 34,000 – and I have authorized Immigration and Customs Enforcement to acquire additional detention space for single adults so that those apprehended at the border can be returned to their home countries as soon as possible,” he added.

In addition to the increase in illegal alien activity, Secretary of DHS Johnson reports there has also been a significant increase in those seeking asylum in ports of entry as well.

Reports have indicated that Donald Trump’s promise to build a giant border wall has led to the increase in immigrant activity.

As President-elect, Trump can make that wall a reality.

With the surge of immigration as a result of the election, building a wall seems like a reasonable response to the overriding immigrant force.

Time will tell what the President-elect does with his new office, but if his actions are reminiscent of the promises he made during his campaign, his reforms of immigration control in the United States could be much needed.

What are your thoughts?  Should a border wall be put into place? Should more illegal immigrants be detained, and those seeking asylum be turned away?

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