Immigrant families swarming across Mexican border once again

Immigrant families swarming across Mexican border once again

A new surge in families trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico illegally should prompt a federal appeals court to act more quickly to restore the government’s authority to lock up those families pending deportation, the Justice Department argued in a motion filed Tuesday night.

While immigration officials have said monthly apprehensions of families have nearly tripled compared to last year, a top Border Patrol official said in a new declaration that detentions of families have spiked to more than 300 people per day on recent occasions.

“Within the last 15-20 days, there have been several days in which the number of individuals in family units apprehended along the Southwest Border has topped 300 in a single day,” Border Patrol Plannng and Analysis Chief Woody Lee wrote. “For example, on November 21, 2015, the Border Patrol apprehended 344 individuals in family units, the highest number of apprehensions in a single day since July 2014.”

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