More Than 500,000 Foreigners Entered U.S. Illegally In FY2019, Report Finds

Thursday, November 7, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Eric A. Blair
November 7, 2019

More than 550,000 foreigners entered the United States across the southern border with Mexico this fiscal year, according to a report from Princeton Policy Advisors.

The number represents both the number who sneaked across the U.S.-Mexico border and the number of foreigners caught at the border crossings and then released into the U.S.

“The ‘illegal’ population of the U.S. (if we include asylum seekers in that group) will have increased by 550,000 in FY 2019,” according to immigration analyst Steven Kopits, president of Princeton Policy Advisors.

The report says some 350,000 children traveling alone and adults with children were likely released into the U.S., The Washington Examiner reported. About 200,000 other foreigners crossed the border illegally and were not apprehended.

“Approximately 852,000 persons were apprehended entering the U.S. southwest border illegally in FY 2019,” the report says. “Of these, roughly 550,000 were children traveling alone or children and adults in family groups. News reports indicate that approximately 50,000 of this group were deported to holding camps in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocol. Of those remaining in the U.S., we estimate that 70% were released into the U.S. interior pending status hearings, for example, the adjudication of asylum claims. We have been unable to find actual release rates from CBP, thus this number could be low or high and is subject to delays from time of apprehension to release.”

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said last week that more than 150,000 foreigners were able to elude capture at the border during 2019.

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