Bor­der ar­rests jump 78 per­cent

The Maui News - - NATION -

SAN DIEGO — Bor­der Pa­trol ar­rests in Novem­ber jumped 78 per­cent from a year ear­lier to the high­est level in Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency, with fam­i­lies and chil­dren ac­count­ing for a ma­jor­ity for a third straight month.

The num­bers are the lat­est sign that peo­ple who cross the bor­der il­le­gally are in­creas­ingly fam­i­lies and chil­dren trav­el­ing alone, a trend that be­gan sev­eral years ago but has ac­cel­er­ated since sum­mer.

The Bor­der Pa­trol made 25,172 ar­rests of peo­ple who came as fam­i­lies in Novem­ber, nearly four times the same pe­riod last year. There were 5,283 ar­rests of un­ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren, up 33 per­cent from a year ear­lier.

Over­all, the Bor­der Pa­trol made 51,856 ar­rests last month, up from 29,085 in the same pe­riod of 2017. It was the fourth straight month-tomonth in­crease.

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