Unauthorized crossings are still at historic lows.
American Presidents 1 through 44 were able to effectively deal with much more with much less. President Trump is either botching his job on purpose in order to create a fake crisis or he is incompetent. Possibly both.
Under international law –- which the United States helped establish after WW II –- migrants fleeing for their lives are legally allowed to seek asylum. To legally request asylum, a person must be physically present on U.S. soil.
The number of people crossing the southern border has experienced a massive decline in the past two decades, and attempted illegal immigration across the border has plummeted to lows not seen since the early 1970s. When comparing data from recent years, it looks like attempted illegal immigration is up, even though the numbers remain at historic lows.
One third of the people apprehended by Border Patrol were referred to “credible fear” interviews, the first step of the asylum process.
The number of people caught crossing the southern border in February of 2019 was 76,000
The number of people caught crossing the southern border in February of 2000 was 211,328
In 2000 1.64 million people were caught crossing the southern border.
In 2018 396,579 people were caught crossing the southern border.
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