Illegal Immigrants Up for Second Straight Year, Most On Texas Border


The number of people caught illegally entering the U.S. is up for a second straight year, adding fuel to the debate in Washington over whether the border should be better secured before any overhaul of immigration laws, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 388,422 people trying to enter without documents during the 11 months ending in August. That is already more than the 364,768 caught the year before, with the fiscal year not ending until next Monday. The largest increases occurred in Texas, which has accounted for more than half of apprehensions and is the current hotspot for human and drug smuggling along the Mexican border. The numbers are still far below the peak from 1980 to 2005, when the Border Patrol averaged more than one million apprehensions a year. Migration from Mexico, which over four decades made up the largest immigration wave into the U.S. in modern times, shows no sign of reaching pre-recession levels, said a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center.

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