Illegal immigrants, specifically non-Mexican children, have been caught crossing the U.S. southern border at an alarming rate according to recent Border Patrol statistics.
With nearly 5,000 unaccompanied children caught in October and almost 3,000 caught in the first half of November, The Washington Times
reports that it signals how smuggling cartels and would-be illegal immigrants are paying close attention to the careless border enforcement in the U.S.
"The greatest existential threat to this nation right now is this administration's open-border policy. This is no longer about immigration, it's about the president and DHS keeping open the corridors on the southern border that are accessible to anyone in the world," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
"We can defend our country against another country's navy, a missile threat and even repel a conventional military invasion. But the president's policy of allowing anyone into the nation as students or refugees presents a serious threat," he said.
Of course, concern for the southern border is growing at a time of heightened international danger, the Times reports.
According to KGNS,
five Syrians were stopped at a Laredo port of entry on Friday, bringing the total number of Syrians seeking to enter the U.S. via "the Gateway to the Americas Bridge" up to 13.
The Department of Homeland Security noted that the family of five Syrians were taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection where the agency "checked their identities against numerous law enforcement and national security related databases."
The statement by the CBP added, "Records checks revealed no derogatory information about the individuals. CBP turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further processing and placement in an ICE facility."
Eight Syrians were also taken into custody by the CBP last Tuesday, KGNS reports.
Despite the recent apprehension of the 13 Syrians at the border, The Washington Times reports that "some 25,000 illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have been caught in the first seven weeks of the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 — an increase of 58 percent.
"The number of Chinese, Brazilians, Indians and, strikingly, Cubans, has each surged by more than 100 percent, and the number from Pakistan, while small overall, has spiked from 6 at this point last year to 31 now — an increase of more than 400 percent."
While officials were optimistic in their efforts to stop the flooding of immigrants earlier this year, border patrol officials in Washington have yet to comment on the recent surge — a vast contradiction from previous reports.
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