U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Nov. 24 that 4,973 children were caught crossing the U.S. border illegally from Mexico in October, which was nearly double the number from one year ago at the same time.
The federal agency also said that the number of family members crossing the border illegally (together) was 6,029 in October, a huge increase from October 2014 when the number was 2,162, notes The Associated Press.
Adam Isacson, with the Washington Office on Latin America (a think tank), told the wire service that there has been a steady increase since June.
"Rather than a big jump, it's been a steady burn," Isaacson said. "I think we are almost in crisis mode with this many months of sustained arrivals."
Isaacson claimed that most of the kids and families are coming from El Salvador because of the violence in that country.
If so, they are traveling from El Salvador up through Guatemala and Mexico before reaching the U.S.
“The greatest existential threat to this nation right now is this administration’s open-border policy," Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California recently told the Washington Times. "This is no longer about immigration, it’s about the president and DHS keeping open the corridors on the southern border that are accessible to anyone in the world."
“We can defend our country against another country’s navy, a missile threat and even repel a conventional military invasion," Hunter added. "But the president’s policy of allowing anyone into the nation as students or refugees presents a serious threat."
The Washington Post reported in July that the Obama administration "is on pace to remove 229,000 people from the country this year, a 27 percent fall from last year and nearly 50 percent less than the all-time high in 2012."