The month of May has seen a massive and unexpected increase in undocumented border crossings. This in spite of President Trump’s hope that his new tough immigration policies would discourage individuals from crossing the US’s southern border. As The Washington Examiner reported:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday revealed that May apprehensions topped 144,000. This year has seen 676,315 apprehensions so far, up 99% over this time last year.
That shocked immigration officials who had hoped it would drop in part due to the Trump administration’s get tough efforts on the border and the potentially deadly heat migrants encounter traveling through northern Mexico.
Steven Kopits, the president of Princeton Policy Advisors which has predicted that immigrant apprehensions would reach 931,000 this year, expressed concern about the May numbers and boosted his prediction to 1,072,000…
“We had expected a major surge heading into the summer months, but this is above our worst case scenario,” he added.
With projected immigrant numbers revised upward to now over one million, the President may be forced to take drastic action if he wishes to stem the tide.