Only Half Of Illegal Border Crossers Caught, Report Says

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Immigration authorities caught just over half the people who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico last year, says an internal Department of Homeland Security report that offers one of the most detailed assessments of border security ever compiled, reports the Associated Press. The report found that 54 percent of people who entered illegally between border crossings got caught in fiscal 2015. That’s much lower than the 81 percent success rate that Homeland Security cited publicly using a different counting method.

The 98-page report was completed in May, and Homeland Security officials have declined to release it, despite calls from some members of Congress to do so. The Associated Press obtained a copy from a government official involved in border issues. “DHS does not believe it is in the public interest to release, and it would be irresponsible to make policy or other judgments on the basis of analysis that is incomplete and remains a work in progress,” spokeswoman Marsha Catron said. The report offers some of most detailed measures yet of how secure the border with Mexico is — a major issue in a presidential campaign that features Republican nominee Donald Trump calling for a wall along the entire 1,954-mile border. The report includes enough material to argue that the government has made big strides or that it is falling woefully short, AP says.

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