Illegal immigration surged in August, illegal families set for worst year on record
Illegal immigration across the southwest border surged 10 percent in August, defying the usual pattern of a late-summer slowdown as the Obama administration struggles to keep families from pouring in from Central America.
Nearly 10,000 people traveling as families were caught last month, and some 68,080 have been caught in the first 11 months of fiscal 2016. That makes it almost certain the record, set in 2014, will be broken at the end of September.
Analysts say ongoing violence in Central America is pushing migrants to flee, and lax enforcement in the U.S. is enticing them to come here.
The situation is so bad that an administration lawyer told a federal appeals court this summer that adult illegal immigrants are kidnapping children as they make their way north, so they can pose as families and earn easier treatment here.
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