Illegal immigration continues to be vexing problem


HOUSTON - While all eyes are on the caravan of migrants making its way to the U.S.-Mexico border, border agents are catching illegal immigrants in record numbers. In September, border agents captured more than 16,000 illegal immigrants trying to enter America illegally - it's the highest total for one month. Since 2017, there have been more than 107,000 illegal immigrants captured.

Ira Mehlman, spokesperson with the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says these numbers are even more shocking, "Since 2010, there has been a 1700% increase in the number of Central Americans seeking political asylum. Have situations in those countries become 1700% worse during that time?"

Mehlman suggests there needs to be a better definition for who falls under the need for political asylum. "What are the limitations of our capacity to deal with failures of other governments to take care of their people. The United States simply cannot be the place of last resort for everybody that's coming from a place that is falling apart." 

President Trump has asked for 800 troops to be sent to the border to beef up security with the looming arrival of the caravan.


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