After a Lull, the Number of Illegal Aliens Trying to Enter the U.S. Has Soared

Article subtitle: 
The number of illegal aliens arrested at the southwestern border has more than doubled since the spring
Article publisher: 
New York Times
Article date: 
8 August 2020
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

... “Despite the dangers posed by Covid-19, illegal immigration — it continues,” Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said on Thursday.

Undocumented migrants [illegal aliens] were “putting American lives at risk,” he added, although the United States leads the world in the number of deaths from the coronavirus....

Mr. Morgan touted the necessity of continuing to build the border wall, a project central to Mr. Trump’s political identity, to forestall illegal migration and the further spread of the coronavirus by infected undocumented immigrants [illegal aliens]....

Many say they have been inspired to try to migrate now because of a new Trump administration policy that returns them to Mexico quickly, often within hours of being captured, but has the unintended effect of giving them more chances to cross the border illegally...

In March, the administration issued an order that allowed American immigration agents to suspend normal procedures and swiftly expel illegal border crossers, often in a matter of hours...