With two months to go in fiscal year, number of illegal immigrants tops last year

Fueled by a massive surge in illegal border crossings by children and families from Central America, the number of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. has already surpassed the number for all of 2015.

Washington Times:

The surge has been powered chiefly by a new increase in the number of children and families from Central America attempting to sneak into the U.S., pushed by violence at home and lured by the hope of amnesty from the Obama administration here. More than 7,500 people traveling as families were nabbed along the border, and another 5,068 children traveling alone were also caught.

The numbers are all the more troubling because they show an increase just as the peak of summer hits — a time when, officials say, the hot weather usually tamps down on the flow. But July saw increases in both children and families trying to cross the border.

Perhaps anticipating the surge, the Obama administration last month announced a series of new programs designed to allow children and their extended relatives to apply for passage to the U.S. from their home countries. The goal is to pressure them into safer routes, rather than have them make the harrowing journey through Mexico.

Homeland Security officials saw a glass-half-full situation in the numbers, pointing to a slight drop in the overall number of illegal immigrants caught — which slipped 2 percent from June to July — as evidence things may be turning in the right direction.

“Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol in July along our southwest border — an indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally — fell during the month of July, although apprehensions of unaccompanied children and family units increased somewhat from June. These trends are generally in line with seasonal patterns we have observed in previous years,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security agency that oversees the Border Patrol, said in releasing the numbers.

The Obama administration is trapped in between conflicting political pressures on immigration, and has tried to cut a middle path, allowing almost all illegal immigrants in the interior of the U.S. to remain without fear of being deported, and instead targeting those still trying to cross now.

But mixed messages have hurt that goal, with many would-be crossers from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala believing they can ask for asylum once they reach U.S. territory. An increasing number are, indeed, being granted at least initial protections, enticing more to try.

Activists for illegals want the Obama administration to admit everyone from Central America immediately as refugees.  They are also going to court to grant freedom to children and families as they await their deportation hearing.

Since there's about a five-year backlog of deportation cases, once granted their freedom, those families will never be seen again.

Illegal alien activists are taking charge of the surge into the interior of the U.S., placing illegals in small and medium-sized communities around the country which then places a huge burden on local governments to feed, house, clothe, and educate the newcomers.  The comeback of TB – a disease virtually unheard of in the U.S. just a few years ago – speaks to the health problems the illegals bring with them.

Many of the new arrivals are illiterate, with no job skills that make them employable in the U.S.  Many thousands will never work a day in the U.S. for the rest of their lives. 

These are not "immigrants" in the traditional sense of the word.  They are invaders – uninvited and unwanted in most places.  And if Hillary is elected president, it will only get worse.

Fueled by a massive surge in illegal border crossings by children and families from Central America, the number of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. has already surpassed the number for all of 2015.

Washington Times:

The surge has been powered chiefly by a new increase in the number of children and families from Central America attempting to sneak into the U.S., pushed by violence at home and lured by the hope of amnesty from the Obama administration here. More than 7,500 people traveling as families were nabbed along the border, and another 5,068 children traveling alone were also caught.

The numbers are all the more troubling because they show an increase just as the peak of summer hits — a time when, officials say, the hot weather usually tamps down on the flow. But July saw increases in both children and families trying to cross the border.

Perhaps anticipating the surge, the Obama administration last month announced a series of new programs designed to allow children and their extended relatives to apply for passage to the U.S. from their home countries. The goal is to pressure them into safer routes, rather than have them make the harrowing journey through Mexico.

Homeland Security officials saw a glass-half-full situation in the numbers, pointing to a slight drop in the overall number of illegal immigrants caught — which slipped 2 percent from June to July — as evidence things may be turning in the right direction.

“Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol in July along our southwest border — an indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally — fell during the month of July, although apprehensions of unaccompanied children and family units increased somewhat from June. These trends are generally in line with seasonal patterns we have observed in previous years,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security agency that oversees the Border Patrol, said in releasing the numbers.

The Obama administration is trapped in between conflicting political pressures on immigration, and has tried to cut a middle path, allowing almost all illegal immigrants in the interior of the U.S. to remain without fear of being deported, and instead targeting those still trying to cross now.

But mixed messages have hurt that goal, with many would-be crossers from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala believing they can ask for asylum once they reach U.S. territory. An increasing number are, indeed, being granted at least initial protections, enticing more to try.

Activists for illegals want the Obama administration to admit everyone from Central America immediately as refugees.  They are also going to court to grant freedom to children and families as they await their deportation hearing.

Since there's about a five-year backlog of deportation cases, once granted their freedom, those families will never be seen again.

Illegal alien activists are taking charge of the surge into the interior of the U.S., placing illegals in small and medium-sized communities around the country which then places a huge burden on local governments to feed, house, clothe, and educate the newcomers.  The comeback of TB – a disease virtually unheard of in the U.S. just a few years ago – speaks to the health problems the illegals bring with them.

Many of the new arrivals are illiterate, with no job skills that make them employable in the U.S.  Many thousands will never work a day in the U.S. for the rest of their lives. 

These are not "immigrants" in the traditional sense of the word.  They are invaders – uninvited and unwanted in most places.  And if Hillary is elected president, it will only get worse.