Admin’s Own Data Confirms Surge in Illegal Border Crossings

U.S. border patrol officers caught more than 400,000 people crossing the Mexican border in the fiscal year that ended last month, up 23 percent from the year before. But immigration experts say even more got through. The Department of Homeland Security reported this week that apprehensions increased to 408,870 in fiscal year 2016, including 59,692 unaccompanied children and 77,674 family members. The total number of apprehensions was less than in fiscal year 2014. “They’re purposely leaving that number out because it would be an outrageous number. There’s [sic] obvious holes in that report. They don’t want the American public to know everything.” The government did not say how many of those caught went back to their home countries, nor did officials attempt to estimate how many people slipped through. But Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told LifeZette that border officers generally believe one person makes it through for every one who is caught. That is in

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