Migrant caravan: How we got here

The White House – November 28, 2018

Over the weekend, a group of more than 1,000 migrants—the vast majority of them single adult males—attempted to illegally rush America’s southern border. “People started throwing rocks. Assaulting our agents,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said.

Law enforcement responded professionally to the situation and dispersed the crowd before more serious injuries were sustained. How did we get here?

One important fact looms largeIn the past 5 years, the number of “credible fear” claims made by illegal immigrants crossing our southern border has multiplied tenfold. As the number of asylum claims grows, the backlog in our immigration courts has more than tripled in the past decade.

Furthermore, well-known immigration loopholes accommodate and even incentivize fraudulent family relationship claims among migrants. When that happens, children face a frighteningly high risk of exploitation by human traffickers and smugglers.

The bottom line: It’s time for Congress to fund real border security, letting immigration courts address the cases of asylum-seekers who present themselves lawfully at our Nation’s Ports of Entry.

See President Trump’s 4-part plan to fix America’s immigration system.

More: 110 percent surge in migrant men using kids to enter the U.S.

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