More than 500,000 Central Americans illegally cross into US before Trump becomes President
HOMELAND Security officials stopped 530,250 illegal immigrants trying to enter the country and sent 450,954 back to their home countries during the 12 months leading up to September, according to official figures.
By WILL KIRBY
Sat, Dec 31, 2016
The huge surge in the number of illegal immigrants trying to get into the US represents a 15 per cent increase on the 12-month period on the year before.
Many of those trying to get into the US were fleeing countries including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, where crime and violence rates are high.
Human rights supporters are urging the world to recognise the surge in refugee numbers as a humanitarian crisis, with 137,614 families and unaccompanied children among those apprehended as they tried to enter the US.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement: “We continued to better focus our interior resources on removing individuals who may pose threats to public safety — specifically, convicted criminals and threats to national security.”