(UnitedVoice.com) – More than 850,000 migrants were caught illegally crossing the southern border of the United States from October 2018 to September 2019. Of them, 375,000 illegal immigrants were released by federal law enforcement in the United States.
In 2019, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported approximately 65% of migrants at the southern border were either families or unaccompanied minors. Most migrants were from San Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
According to the US Border Patrol, 851,508 people entered the US at a port of entry.
473,682 arrived as a family and just over 76,000 were unaccompanied children.
Released Illegal Immigrants Freely Allowed Into US
According to the Washington Examiner, Border Patrol agents allowed 145,000 family members to freely go anywhere in the country they wanted between March and September 2019, including those not seeking asylum.
Instead of turning people over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Border Patrol said that it didn’t have adequate housing for illegal immigrants and a court order in 2015 prevented them from holding families for more than 20 days.
Illegal family members were given a legal document known as a “notice to appear.” The document tells families where and when they are to appear for a legal hearing before an immigration judge to determine if they will be deported to their country of origin.
In addition to the 145,000 families released by Border Patrol, ICE released an additional 230,000 family members as well.
Deportations in 2019
According to CBP, 267,258 people were deported in 2019. Of them, only 5,702 arrived with a family member and 6,351 were unaccompanied minors.
In total, 3.2 million illegal immigrants were released into the country and are waiting for court hearings to decide if they will be allowed to stay or be deported.
Number of Illegal Families and Minors Drops at Border
Last fall, the Trump administration took steps to curb the number of migrants traveling to the United States through Mexico.
By November 2019, the number of illegal family members and unaccompanied children dropped significantly. Border Patrol apprehended more than 35,000 migrants — of which 10,000 were family members and 3,000 unaccompanied minors.
In cooperation with the United States, the Mexican government increased immigration enforcement along its southern border with Guatemala by deploying the National Guard.
By late 2019, CBP reported that most of the illegal immigrant apprehensions were of Mexican origin. Migrants from Mexico are not subject to asylum.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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