Record number of migrants illegally entering U.S. with children: report

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The number of migrants illegally entering the United States with their children spiked to a record high in September, just three months after President Trump ended his family separation policy, according to figures obtained by the Washington Post.

The Post cited Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data showing 16,658 family members were arrested by Border Patrol agents last month, an 80 percent increase from July.

A representative from DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Trump campaigned on a promise to stop illegal immigration and build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, and is now furious about the soaring arrest numbers, White House aides told the Post.

The administration tried to curb illegal family immigration by enforcing a ‘zero tolerance’ policy that resulted in children being separated from their parents. Trump eventually retreated from the practice after intense bipartisan criticism.

The White House is reportedly considering new polices that may result in separations.

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