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DHS: More Than A Half Million People Tried To Illegally Cross The Southwest Border In FY2018 | The Daily Caller

More than a half million people tried to cross the southwest border without authorization in fiscal year 2018, an increase of about 100,000 over the previous year’s total that was spurred by a surge in family migration from Central America.

A total of 521,090 people were either arrested or deemed inadmissible at U.S. ports of entry along the border, according to Customs and Border Protection figures released Tuesday. That compares to 415,517 in fiscal year 2017, a year that saw historically low levels of illegal immigration in the months after President Donald Trump assumed office.

Source: CBP.gov
More than a half million people tried to cross the southwest border without authorization in fiscal year 2018. (Image source: CBP.gov)

Since then, however, illegal immigration has risen to levels seen during the second Obama administration. The rebound is due in large part to a stunning spike in attempted crossings by so-called “family units,” nearly all of which are from three Central American countries — Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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