Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

For the 3rd Straight Month, Border Arrests Have Exceeded 50K

For the 3rd Straight Month, Border Arrests Have Exceeded 50K

The rising numbers are an indication that the Trump administration's tough enforcement tactics - including separating migrant parents from their kids - has not had much of an impact yet, The Washington Post reported.

The crackdown came after a report illegal crossings in March and April had gone up compared to the year before, a statistic that reportedly outraged the president. The May tally was more than triple the number from April 2017, which was the lowest on record since the Homeland Security Department was created in 2003.

Still, many experts doubt that the Trump administration will be able to achieve that number because of a backlog in immigration courts and a lack of detention space.

The newspaper adds that President Trump is pressuring Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen to quickly improve the arrest stats, used as a gauge for immigration flows, before the November midterms.

Administration officials and top Trump advisers have been receiving regular updates on illegal migration trends, and said last week they were In a statement Wednesday, Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton said the administration's crackdown needed more time to work.

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The policy to separate children from their parents has been condemned the human rights groups. In April Trump ordered National Guard troops to deploy along the border, and Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" approach threatening anyone who enters the USA illegally with criminal prosecution and jail.

'If people don't want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them, ' he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday.

The Trump administration - like previous administrations - uses the arrest numbers as the best gauge of whether illegal crossings are going up or down, though there is no precise measure of illegal crossings because some people aren't caught.

"Family units" trying to enter the USA from Mexico illegally shot up by 435 percent in the past year, and the number of unaccompanied alien children increased by 329 percent.

Most significant, the number of children showing up alone at the border also increased - to 7,235 from 5,317 in April, the data shows.

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