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A look at the “immigration crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of President Trump’s annual address to the nation.

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The Southwest Border
Latest Data: 2018

521,090 Arrested or Denied Entry (includes apprehensions): UP 25% from 2017

396,579 Apprehensions: UP 30% from 2017

92,959 Asylum Claims: UP 67% from 2017

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Separated Children

  • Gov’t revealed in January more children may have been separated than previously reported, though 2,000k+ have already been reunited with family
  • Recent court filings reveal gov’t did not properly track separated children dating back to 2017.
  • Gov’t said reuniting those children with parents could be impossible.
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“… entering households to remove previously-separated minors, bring them back into ORR custody, and reunify them with separated parents would present grave child welfare concerns.”

HHS official Jonathan White, who leads the reunification efforts, on why the gov't should focus on reuniting children currently in its custody, instead of those who were released to sponsors.
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Asylum-Seekers

  • Due to the influx of Central Americans seeking asylum, DHS announced in December those seeking asylum will no longer be allowed in the U.S. while their asylum claim is processed, and must wait in Mexico.
  • Today, more than 10,000 asylum-seekers await their fate in Mexico.
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Pentagon announced Sunday it will send more troops to the border bringing total number to 4,300+. 2,000 Central Americans are reportedly headed to the border via caravan. Pres. Trump has threatened to end aid to El Salvador, Guatemala & Honduras for "doing nothing for us."

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