Immigrant families attempted to sneak into the United States in October at a rate almost 40 percent higher than any previous month on record, The Washington Times reported over the weekend.
A total of 23,121 parents and children traveling as families were caught illegally crossing the border last month, which is also nearly 400 percent higher than the figure recorded just a year ago.
When families, unaccompanied children and single adults are included in the figures, the Border Patrol caught nearly 51,000 illegal immigrants in November, the highest since the illegal immigration surge in 2014.
An additional 9,770 unauthorized migrants showed up requesting entry at the official border crossings, according to Customs and Border Protection.
The number of illegal immigrants caught by the Border Patrol is considered a good way to generally estimate the overall flow, experts say, since more people caught indicates more people getting through as well. This means an increase in apprehensions usually coincides with a rise in overall rates of illegal immigration.
In an effort to stem the tide, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation last week that is meant to prohibit people from claiming asylum if they illegally cross the border.
Immigrant rights organizations have announced a lawsuit to try to prevent this.
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