New immigration figures show the number of illegals living in the U.S. is double what had been the general consensus. Meanwhile, thousands of illegal aliens continue to pour across the southern border.
Researchers at Yale University found the number of illegal aliens living in the U.S. is now closer to 22 million, not 11 million as referenced over the past several years.
Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley recently reported 2,000 arrests over a 3-day period.
“We're still seeing a lot of children coming across, whether they're accompanied or unaccompanied,” says Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council.
“Just the other day we had a boy just under 2-years-old, they brought him up and he was unresponsive, our medics were able to get him breathing again and ultimately saved his life.”
Cabrera says nothing has changed even after the uproar over immigrant children this summer.
“Unfortunately immigration and many other things are being used as a political football,” he says. “It's very plain to see that a majority of people who take up this cause, it's very short-lived and what headlines they get out of it and then they move on.”
Groups of 100 or more crossing the border remains a common occurrence.
“We're still doing the same tired, weak-minded approach that we've been doing since 2014, headquarters won't give us any assistance, we're not getting the manpower we need to tackle these problems,” says Cabrera.
“Part of it is also a policy issue,” he says. “They need to change the way they handle it. If not, people are going to continue to exploit this loophole.”