Surge in Illegal Aliens Crossing Border Before US Election

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | October 26, 2016 | 10:49 AM EDT

CBS News is reporting that unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border are up nearly 50%, as a surge of illegal immigrants are trying to get into the U.S. before the presidential election.

Immigrants have been streaming through the streets of McAllen, Texas on a daily basis, according to CBS News.

Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera says, they’ve been seeing “mass spikes” in illegal crossings of the U.S.-Mexico border, thanks in part to the election.

“The smugglers are telling them if Hillary [Clinton] gets elected, that there’ll be some sort of amnesty, so they need to get here by a certain date,” Cabrera said.

“They’re also being told that if [Donald] Trump gets elected, there’s going to be some magical wall that pops up overnight and once that wall gets up, nobody will ever get in again.”

Cabrera added that they’ve encountered up to 1,000 immigrants along McAllen’s stretch of the border some days.

“We’re getting mass spikes of people crossing and turning themselves in,” he said.

H/T CBS / Associated Press

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