(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 37,544 individuals crossing into the country illegally in August. Another 9,016 people were deemed inadmissible and turned away at ports of entry, for a grand total of 46,560 people who tried to take advantage of the nation's broken immigration system in August alone.
That compares with the 40,011 apprehended/deemed inadmissible in July; and the 30,567 apprehended/inadmissible in August 2017. (The charts shown here are from CBP's website.)
Of particular concern last month was the increase in family units. CBP says 12,774 family units tried to cross into the U.S. in August, a 38.1 percent increase from the 9,247 family units picked up in July. That 12,774 number is the highest ever posted for the month of August. (An additional 3,181 family units were deemed inadmissible at Southwest ports of entry.)
The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border also increased by 12 percent in August, to 4,396 from 3,920 in July. (Another 376 UACs were deemed inadmissible.)
Despite the expected seasonal increase in illegal immigration, the August Southwest Border numbers indicate that "migration flows are responding to gaps in our nation’s legal framework," Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said in a statement.
"Smugglers and traffickers understand our broken immigration laws better than most and know that if a family unit illegally enters the U.S. they are likely to be released into the interior." Houlton noted that DHS is required to release families entering the country illegally within 20 days of apprehension, now that President Trump has ended the family separations.
"We know that the vast majority of family units who have been released, despite having no right to remain in any legal status, fail to ever depart or be removed," Houlton said. "Through the third quarter of FY 2018, only 1.4 percent of family units have been repatriated to their home country from noncontiguous countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras."