09/13/2018 – Politico
A surge in people coming to the U.S. illegally as families has contributed to an increase of illegal crossings from Mexico.
The number of family arrivals reached nearly 16,000 in August, a sharp increase from July. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says the figure was one of the highest on record. Families accounted for about one-third of all the people stopped at the border.
McAleenan blames what he calls “legal loopholes,” including a court order that generally prohibits holding children more than 20 days. He calls the increase in family arrivals “a direct response to gaps in the legal framework.”