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Customs Commissioner: Prosecutions for Illegal Immigrants 'Quadrupled'

By    |   Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:23 AM EDT

Border Patrol officials are apprehending about 1,000 people daily trying to enter the United States away from legal points of entry and another 200 to 300 arriving at the ports of entry without documents, and prosecutions have been "quadrupled," U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday.

"For the single adults, we're prosecuting at a higher level than before, more than quadrupled from the prior administration," McAleenan told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."  "About 55 percent of all single adults are being prosecuted right now. That's an extra sanction that provides a deterrent for future crossings."

Meanwhile, people are apprehended, but then go into the system and are released and can't be effectively deported, said McAleenan.

There has been discussion about putting more judges on the border to help keep family units together, as many who have been released pending a trial date never return, and McAleenan said that a much better system would allow families to be kept together.

Meanwhile, homeland security does depend on good collaboration with state and law enforcement officials, said McAleenan, and it's "really important" for Immigration and Customs Enforcement that work be done to make sure dangerous people are deported.

"Our border patrol agents are working very hard in south Texas as well as in Arizona and across the whole border," he commented.

Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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Border Patrol officials are apprehending about 1,000 people daily trying to enter the U.S. and another 200 to 300 arriving at the ports of entry without documents, and prosecutions have been "quadrupled," Customs Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday.
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