Surge of Central Americans drive jump in 2016 border arrests

Article CAIRCO note: 
It is not arrest and deport-it is arrest and then promise to appear later in immigration court: “...After being apprehended by Border Patrol agents...with a promise to appear in court at a later time..."
Article publisher: 
Orange County Register
Article date: 
31 December 2016
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

Central Americans attempting to enter the United States illegally on the nation’s border with Mexico helped drive a 23 percent increase in U.S. Border Patrol arrests during the 2016 fiscal year, according to figures released Friday...

Homeland Security said in its year-end report that “a growing share” of people entering the country illegally surrender to authorities to seek humanitarian protection, instead of trying to evade capture. That trend has exacerbated backlogs in immigration courts, which determine whether to grant asylum.

U.S. authorities say they prevented 274,821 entries at land crossings, at airports and by ship, an increase of 8 percent from a year earlier. That number isn’t reflected in the arrest total ...

The administration of President Barack Obama has prioritized border crossers, convicted felons and those who pose public safety threats for deportation ...


CAIRCO Research

Sanctuary city mayors urge Obama to protect illegal immigrants from Trump actions, Fox News, December 31, 2016

Immigration court backlog grows to new record, Denver Post, July 11, 2014