Trump Orders Homeland Security Not To Let Illegal Immigrant Caravans Into The US

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump ordered the Secretary of Homeland Security not to allow illegal immigrant caravans of people to cross into the U.S. from Mexico.

Trump has been particularly incensed about reports of caravans of Central American migrants bound for the U.S. The President and his administration have pressed the Mexican government to disband the caravans and use their immigration laws to quell illegal arrivals to the U.S.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen has lamented a rise in illegal immigrant arrivals, recently noting “given the numbers we had last month, they just came out, 50,000 in April is the number that we interdicted or otherwise was inadmissible.”

“That is a 200 percent increase from March of 2017. This crisis is real,” Nielsen added. “There are many more people coming to take advantage of these loopholes and are being trained by the smugglers.”

The secretary highlighted newly released numbers from Customs and Border Patrol, which show a 37 percent increase in the number of apprehensions at the border.