Border arrests hit highest point in Trump presidency

Arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border in November were up 78 percent from the same time frame last year, according to figures released Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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According to CBP, 51,856 individuals were arrested attempting to cross the border last month, up from last November’s total apprehensions at 29,085.

“The November 2018 border numbers are the predictable result of a broken immigration system – including flawed judicial rulings - that usurps the will of the American people who have repeatedly demanded secure borders," said Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman.

October and November numbers, while up from the previous year's numbers, are slightly lower than numbers posted in the same months of 2016, as the Obama administration was winding down.
Border crossing numbers plummeted in 2017, as Trump took power, but gradually returned to more or less average historical patterns.

Families and children represented a majority of the apprehensions for the third straight month.

Arrests of people who came as families were also much higher than the previous year, with 25,172 in Nov. 2018 compared to 4,269 in 2017.

Total arrests from last month compared to October are up 1 percent.

Trump has made immigration reform a hallmark of his presidency. This week, a group of Republican senators introduced a bill doling out $25 billion to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.