Il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion across Mex­i­can border jumps 27%.

Border Pa­trol caught 14,535 peo­ple in May

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN DINAN

Il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion across the southwest border ap­pears to have jumped 27 per­cent in May, ac­cord­ing to num­bers re­leased this week by Home­land Se­cu­rity, break­ing a three-month streak of de­clines un­der Pres­i­dent Trump and sug­gest­ing that the slump in mi­grants has bot­tomed out.

The Border Pa­trol nabbed 14,535 il­le­gal im­mi­grants in the southwest last month, up from just 11,129 in April. An­a­lysts said that the num­ber of peo­ple caught is a rough mea­sure of the over­all flow of peo­ple try­ing to sneak in.

The num­ber of il­le­gal im­mi­grants show­ing up at ports of en­try with­out au­tho­riza­tion also ticked up, from 4,649 to 5,432.

U.S. Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion, the agency that over­sees the Border Pa­trol and the ports of en­try, ac­knowl­edged the in­crease in cross­ings, but at­trib­uted it to “a sea­sonal uptick.”

CBP said it “ex­pects the uptick to con­tinue” through the sum­mer months.

The num­bers sug­gest that while Mr. Trump ap­pears to have changed the cal­cu­la­tions of many border crossers, there’s still a seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion — par­tic­u­larly among Cen­tral Amer­i­cans — de­ter­mined to make the jour­ney.

Agents usu­ally record an uptick from April to May, but the jump this year is the largest on record.

Still, it’s by far the low­est May to­tal on record. For ex­am­ple, May 2016 saw more than 40,000 il­le­gal im­mi­grants caught at the border.

Il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion from Cuba and Haiti had been a prob­lem last year, but had dipped un­der the fi­nal months of Pres­i­dent Obama and again un­der Mr. Trump.

Now, Cubans ap­pear to be surg­ing again, while Haitians re­main low.

Two other spe­cial cat­e­gories of mi­grants — un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors and fam­i­lies trav­el­ing to­gether — also saw in­creases last month, ris­ing from a com­bined 2,117 nabbed by the Border Pa­trol in April to 3,070 in May.

U.S. CUS­TOMS AND BORDER PRO­TEC­TION

Border pa­trol agents con­duct a pat down of mi­grants caught cross­ing il­le­gally. The in­crease that Home­land Se­cu­rity found breaks a three-month streak of de­clines un­der Pres­i­dent Trump.

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