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Oh My. Why Illegal Border Crossings Exploded In April With a 233% Increase [Video]

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Illegal immigration across the southwest border rose again in April, continuing a surge that has entirely erased President Trump’s early gains and left officials in Washington struggling over answers.

Nearly 39,000 illegal immigrants were nabbed by the Border Patrol last month, according to preliminary numbers seen by The Washington Times. That’s a staggering 233 percent increase over the same month a year ago — the biggest year-over-year increase in records dating back to the beginning of the decade.

Experts said the increase is being driven by lax U.S. policies that illegal immigrants have figured out ways to exploit, meaning that even if they’re caught they’re likely to be released and have a chance to disappear into the shadows.
Dubbed “catch-and-release,” those policies continue to bedevil the Border Patrol agents responsible for protecting the southern border.

The National Border Patrol Council President BRANDON JUDD: “The reason is obvious: If you can cross the border illegally without any consequence, why not. As long as the catch-and-release policy-program exists, large numbers of people are going to cross the border illegally.”

Watch:

“These people have absolutely no regard for our laws. Them sitting on our fence, they are in the United States, so they made an illegal entry into the United States. They are sitting on our fence. This is a fence that we have to maintain. They have absolutely no regard for our property. They have absolutely no regard for our laws and a picture is worth a thousand words. Thank goodness that everybody is now seeing how these people act.”

“Under the Obama administration, we just let anybody and everybody that came to the ports of entry, we would take them, we would process them. Then we would release them under the catch-and-release program which, of course, was the magnet that caused people to come to the United States and make illegal entries,”

“But, if somebody comes to the port and says, ‘I’m here for admittance. I’m legal, I can come in.’ Then you have to take them into custody and you have to process them,” he added. “The left-leaning outlets — the fake news if you will — what they are trying to do is trying to portray this as a legal process. Well, if you do it legally, the United States has the right to say, ‘Well, no, don’t come in this way.’”

Mr. Judd estimated a staggering three-quarters of migrants agents nab at the border are eventually released into the country under catch-and-release. 

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