Illegal immigrant families surge across border at record pace

by Stephen Dinan | The Washington Times  |  published on April 25, 2016

The pattern of illegal immigration appears to be shifting yet again as families traveling together — usually mothers and their children — surge across the southwestern border at a record pace, posing more challenges for an Obama administration still struggling to figure out how to handle them.

They are increasingly coming into remote areas of Texas and Arizona where Border Patrol officials thought they had licked the problem. Analysts say it signals that new cartels are involved in trafficking.

Pushed from their homes by poor economies and violent communities, encouraged to come to the U.S. by friends and relatives who have made the crossing, and enticed by lax enforcement, more than 32,000 family members were apprehended at the border through the first six months of the fiscal year. That was more than double the rate of 2015.

This year’s total has well surpassed the number of children traveling without parents, whom the Border Patrol calls unaccompanied alien children, caught at the border during the same period last year.

While the majority are still coming through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector, which covers remote western Arizona and eastern California, has reported a 1,000 percent increase compared with 2014. Laredo and the Big Bend areas of Texas have also seen massive spikes.

  • Richard Schwartz


  • williweb

    The way forward is not to do nothing like the Obama administration. Trump will build the wall, enforce the laws and stop the terrorist refugee flow. The rule of law must be enforced and stop the destruction of the US.

  • searchingfortruth

    This is the most important change that Obama has been promising us. He is fundamentally changing the demographics of our nation, and thus creating a new nation. Coupled with changes in education and the economy (more government control) the America we have grown up with will be history.

  • BillB

    Wall or no wall…the Border Patrol/ICE is not allowed to do anything but give them a bus ticket to whereever they want to go and they are also given a court date to appear for a hearing (over 90% never show). They then go where ever they wish and disappear into america. Solution: deport them and if they return, do as Mexico does to Americans…lock them up in crowded prisons and throw away the key!

    • k9


  • PC Bob

    The Great Wall of China did NOT work, either! What makes Trump think HIS wall will? It just makes them more determined to find way in or through or UNDER it! They are already digging drug tunnels, so what’s different about this? The solution is MORE border security and ENFORCING the laws that are already on the books! America USED to do that, you know. BEFORE BHO!

    • jea2comments

      Trump can have the wall built, and have sensors installed under-ground as well, which will set-off an alarm(s). I’m sure the sensors will also contain GPS devices since there will be miles of wall installed. We also need enhanced Border Security and a Round-up of illegals who don’t mind breaking into our country, nor do they mind bilking the system on our dime. We need to have laws that clearly state: You don’t pay into the Welfare system, We Don’t pay out!!! They also need to pay taxes like the rest of us. If caught, they need to be forced to pay back-taxes. What part of ILLEGAL doesn’t this completely INSANE administration get? Oh…that’s right, these “illegals” were obama’s voter-base especially the second time around and THEY are Hitlery’s voter-base this time around. Evil is as evil does.

      • itsfun


    • E Swisher

      The Great Wall did in fact work… just as the wall around the Vatican did… just as well as the “Iron Curtain” that was manned with armed guards who had no qualms about shooting someone to defend “their” border.

    • Robert Early

      I can stop the invasion single handed.
      Just let me shoot a few of them as they cross; not many, just a few. And the flood would miraculously stop. I figure the cost of my plan would be less than 50 dollars.
      Why spend billions?

    • Robert Briggs

      The Wall might not stop all illegals but we have thousands pouring across our Borders in AZ and TX just to name a few!

      Get your head outta your ass and stop putting out the Democratic LIES Obama!

      I didn’t spend 20yrs of my life fighting for my Country to have some Commie Punk like the Big O TO DESTROY IT!

      A Socialist is nothing less than a Communist without a gun!

      MN1 Robert Briggs

      USN Retired
      Vietnam Veteran

  • bobnstuff

    Trumps wall is working, it’s creating an increase in the flow of illegals. Will the congress act to help send these people back or will they try to blame it on Obama. If I were the borders patrol agents union I would be screaming right about now for more men and equipment but it would seem that they have been bought off. If the Republicans really believe that we need to enforce our borders they will vote for funding for more agents and more judges to fight the problem.

    • Steve Gifford

      So we are wrong to blame Obama for the increase in illegal immigrants even though Obama has advocated and used executive action to allow them in. You better quit smoking what you are smoking. Oh and by the way Trump isn’t president yet so his wall is not there yet.

      • bobnstuff

        The only EO that Obama did on border security was to move agents from the north to the south when congress turned down his request for funding. He has used the power to pick who he is spending the money on to throw out. He has worked to get the worst one out first and register the others so he knows who they are and where they are.

        Trumps wall is working very well if you read the whole piece. They are rushing to get here before he builds it.

        • Steve Gifford

          total bunk Bob Obama openly talks about him wanting open borders!

        • Rodney Steward

          Where does your kind come from, Kenya!

      • itsfun

        Not to worry, Obama will find a way to blame George Bush. Obama is a just a little kid and always points the finger at someone to lie his way out of the blame for his failures.

    • Rodney Steward

      It is Obama’s fault, he’s said that any border patrol trying to do his job would be fired! Do u ever watch the news, it’s been allover it! GET INFORMED and stop making yourself look like a fool, BLob!

      • bobnstuff

        You know they had a unnamed guy say that but people I have talked to who work border control have never heard this and there was never a name of who said it or any proof that it was said, just a unnamed guy. Go check it out and see if you can find any proof, I looked.

        • Rodney Steward

          Been all over the TUBE, all U have to do is watch it sometimes!

          • bobnstuff

            It’s on Fox so it must be true. They aren’t allowed to lie on TV.

          • Rodney Steward

            Now you’re getting the big picture, you’re not gonna see anything on those low rated PC comedy shows! Remember, these light night TV shows are NOT NEWS channels, they’re COMEDY SHOWS!

          • bobnstuff

            Most TV news is worthless, you can’t cover a story in 90 seconds. They love death and mayhem and want to scare you so you will tune in tomorrow.

          • Rodney Steward

            You know the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words, and you can see a lot of pictures in 90 seconds! 🙂

    • David Stewart

      Typical Demoncrap; throw more money at it, DO NOT use common sense!

      • bobnstuff

        I can read, I know how to look things up. I like facts and the truth which means I can’t be a Trump supporter.

        • itsfun

          After all the proven Obama lies, you support him.

          • bobnstuff

            You mean after all the so called proof. Obama isn’t the perfect president but he didn’t run the country over a cliff like some before him. The real problem isn’t the president, it’s congress, they need to go read their job description. They seem to have forgotten what they are to be doing.

          • itsfun

            Obama has changed laws on his own. He does not have the constitutional power to do this. If Congress would do their job, they would impeach and remove Obama.

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