Crisis At The Border By The Numbers

Illegal Immigration
Crisis At The Border By The Numbers

Washinton, DC – -( “It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century. ” ~ President Donald J. Trump

FIXING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM: Congress needs to close the loopholes that are preventing common sense immigration enforcement.

  • Due to legal loopholes, many aliens who reach our borders are released into our country after being apprehended, encouraging more illegal immigration.
  • Smugglers and human traffickers understand and have exploited these loopholes.
  • The Flores Settlement Agreement and court decisions interpreting it have hampered the Government’s ability to detain and promptly remove many Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) and family units.
  • The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 limits the Government’s ability to promptly return many UACs who have been apprehended at the border.

UAC LOOPHOLES BY THE NUMBERS: Legal loopholes have hamstrung immigration enforcement and contributed to the crisis at our border as UAC arrivals have surged.

  • More than 110,000 UACs have been released into the interior of the United States since the beginning of FY 2016, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The number of UACs at ports of entry increased by 636 percent from April 2017 to April 2018.
  • Border Patrol apprehensions of UACs were 331 percent higher for April 2018 than April 2017.
  • Only 3.4 percent of UACs encountered at the border in FY 2014 from countries other than Mexico had been removed or returned as of FY 2017.
  • UAC cases pending in immigration courts now total 78,000, up from less than 3,500 in FY 2009.
  • Approximately 90 percent of removal orders obtained against UACs each year result from one’s failure to appear at a hearing.
  • Removal orders issued against UACs based on a failure to appear at an immigration hearing have risen over 1000 percent since FY 2009.
    Gangs, such as MS-13, have used the influx of UACs for recruiting opportunities.
  • More than one-third of the 274 MS-13 members and affiliates arrested in the Federal, State, and local led “Operation Matador” entered the country as UACs.

ASYLUM LOOPHOLES BY THE NUMBERS: Loopholes in our asylum laws are subject to exploitation, contributing to significant spikes in asylum claims in recent years.

  • Current law sets an easily-met credible fear standard, which allows aliens who make meritless asylum claims to remain in the United States for years while they litigate their cases.
  • The number of arriving aliens claiming credible fear has jumped to one out of every 10, up from one out of every 100 before 2011.
  • Since FY 2009, the amount of immigration cases originating from a credible fear finding has dramatically increased, while the percentage of cases ultimately granted asylum has dropped significantly.
  • The Executive Office for Immigration Review has over 312,000 cases with pending asylum applications.
  • Backlog in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services affirmative asylum process has swelled by over 1900 percent since the end of FY 2012.
  • The number of asylum claims received in FY 2017 was the highest annual number of claims in over 20 years.
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Mike Murphy

BUILD THE WALL! At all points of entry, build a large u-turn. Seriously, If you have no papers, you are refused entry, and into the u-turn you go! No asylum at the border, only at embassies, for the next twenty years. If you cross the border illegally with children, you are detained together, put on a bus, and shipped four hours south to a designated demarcation point in Mexico, at Mexico’s expense, until the flow stops. If you cross the border ILLEGALLY, without children, you are charged with a crime. If convicted, you are detained until you can be conveniently… Read more »


I take no issue with your statement and ideas on handling the situation. I would only add that they be relocated to the Mexico Honduran border. An article sent to me put out by My Statesman showed that first, Mexico is trying to duplicate the Trump slogan Make (forget name of town) great again by kicking out all Hondurans. I would vote to stop all immigration of Mexicans and state the high numbers of their illegals as the reason. And our assurance to Mexico in the form of aid should be cut off since it’s obviously not being used to… Read more »

Mike Murphy

On the topic of Iraq, we need to quietly and gradually redeploy our troops and equipment from Iraq to our southern border to support our new immigration limitation strategy and wall construction efforts. Iraq can support themselves or die trying. We have done enough! The head of the snake has been killed several times over.


EVERY ONE Should B CHIPPED The FIRST Time of ILLEGAL ENTRY !! 1st Time Automatic Deportation. Second Time 2yrs. FLAT, Prison. 3rd. Time 13 yrs. FLAT TIME IN A FOR PROFIT PRISON in A Northern State That Borders Canada & NEEDS JOBS!! ALL PRISONS WILL B MAXIMUM SECURITY !!


Mines are cheap. Mine the border. It won’t take long for the illegals to figure out that there is more peril involved than they are willing to accept. We might even get rid of a few coyotes too!


MY Thoughts EXACTLY!! I Have Posted This Answer 2 Least A 100 Comments! Make IT Least 1 MILE Wide. IT Will Put NEW Meaning 2 Separating Familys !! SNIPERS Would B A GOOD Reason 2 Make Them Think Twice!!


Should be putting their heads on stakes at the border. Maybe then they’ll get the message.

And just because someone is a “child” does NOT mean that he is not a dangerous person. Many heinous crimes are committed by “children.”

Douglas Kuykendall

Put up the signs. You found crossing you’ll be found floating or bloating next day.That depends on where you decided to cross illegally. After a few are found, the word will get out. These so-called illegal immigrants lawyers and judges that side with illegals,need to have a visit paid to them. Kinda help them understand why it would be healthier for them just to not be found.It would be in their best interests.


Just throw them back in the river or ocean. Or use arpios pink tent city to house them with no release until they have a bus ride back to their country of origin. We are being invaded, time to fight back, if were me, the army would come back from defending the CIA’s drug fields in Iraq and Afghanistan, let isreal fight their own battles in wars th hey stuc up, the whitehats got caught again, and put all the army with live ammo and orders to repel the invaders, no prisoners as in make all individuals stay on the… Read more »


If bleeding heart liberal types want to help these refugees / invaders, perhaps they should travel down to the countries those people are coming from and put their energies to changing the society down there rather than destroying our nation.


Illegal immigration will take our nation from us with out a declaration of war or any open hostilities. Democrats and liberals are too blinded by idealogy and hunger for power to see this will ruin them as well. Some small towns here in Texas are over run with illegals and the schools are overwhelmed by their children.


We worry about our interactions with China and Russia and Iran but never say a word to Mexico about their part in the flood of illegal immigrants that pass through their country. It seems like they are complicit in the flow of illegals. Some heavy pressure needs to be brought to the Mexican government.

James Slemons

Illegal entry is a criminal act against the United States of America !!!