Illegal Immigrant Family Crossings Into The US Have Surged

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Illegal immigrant families are entering the United States at a 40 percent higher rate than the record pace set in 2014, according to Border Patrol figures released Friday.

In Fiscal Year 2016 over 32,000 illegal alien family have been apprehended so far. The fiscal year started on October 1 of last year. In FY 2015, nearly 14,000 illegal immigrant families were captured crossing into the United States. This represents an over 130 percent increase in crossings already in FY 2016.

In 2014 there were record crossings of illegal family alien units — over 68,000 total were captured by the Border Patrol. The Washington Times reports the apprehensions of illegal immigrant families in FY 2016 are at a 40 percent higher rate than the record year of 2014.

Over 27,000 unaccompanied minor illegal aliens have been captured by the Border Patrol so far in FY 2016, this is a 78 percent increase of the over 15,000 apprehended in FY 2015. The largest country of origin of apprehended illegal alien families and unaccompanied minors was El Salvador, followed by Guatemala.