UPDATED 8:38 AM PT — Thurs. Sept. 13, 2018
There is a crisis at the southern border as loopholes in the law results in a surge of illegal border crossings.
Government figures, released Wednesday, show the number of people arrested or stopped at the southern border reached over 46,000 last month. That’s up by about 6,600 cases from July.
A change in demographics appears to be a key player in the surge as the number of families traveling from Central America increased by around 30-percent.
According to experts, this is more than the usual uptick experienced this time of the year.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan explained that the shift is a direct response to gaps in the legal framework, which are exploited by smugglers and human traffickers.
He’s referring to policies allowing children to avoid immediate deportation, which make it hard to detain them for any substantial length of time — allowing them to be released into the country.
In fact, around 98-percent of families from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who arrived in the U.S. after October of 2016 are still in the states and have not been deported.
Federal authorities said these loopholes are well known in Central America, enticing individuals to make the dangerous trip north with their children.
Earlier this year, President Trump decided to sign an executive order ending family separations at the border.
Now the administration is moving away from the Clinton-era Flores Agreement and towards new regulations to keep families detained together until their immigration cases are decided.
“As a result of Democrat supported loopholes in our federal laws, most illegal immigrants families and minors from Central America, who arrive unlawfully at the border, can not be detained together or removed together, only released. These are crippling loopholes.”
— President Donald Trump
Officials believe the new proposal would deter family’s illegally crossing the border in the same way single adults are subject to charges and possible jail time.
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