EXCLUSIVE: April Sets FY2016 Alien Apprehension Record, Surges Past FY2014 Numbers

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The recent surge of illegal aliens flooding across the Southwest U.S. border continues undeterred as U.S. Customs and Border Protection set a new FY2016 apprehension record in April, catching a grand total of 38,135 illegal aliens over the 30-day period – an average of about 1,271 per day.

April’s apprehension total is 1,121 aliens higher than those reported in December, which until last month was the record-holder for apprehensions so far in FY2016.

As the number of unaccompanied minors streaming into the United States from Mexico continues to skyrocket past FY2014 numbers, border agents report apprehending another 5,198 unaccompanied minors at the U.S. Mexico border in April, bringing the total number of UACs apprehended since Oct. 1 to an alarming 32,952.

So far, the total number of this year’s UAC apprehensions reflects an alarming 74 percent increase over FY2014 levels, when an unprecedented number of family units and unaccompanied children surged into the United States, quickly overwhelming border patrol stations and raising serious questions into the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement policies. The agency had only reported 26,341 unaccompanied minor apprehensions by this point in FY2014.

CBP reports 509 of the unaccompanied children apprehended so far this year were from countries other than Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

The agency also reports it caught another 5,615 family units at the U.S.-Mexico border in April alone (about 187 per day), bringing the total number of family units apprehended so far in FY21016 to 37,732. That number is up 122 percent from FY2015 levels, and up four percent from FY2014.

Of those family units apprehended this year, nearly 2,000 were from countries other than Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Subtracting family units and unaccompanied minors leaves more than 27,300 adult individuals who were caught illegally crossing into the United States during the month of April.

So far in FY2016, CBP reports having made 223,900 apprehensions at the Southwest U.S. border.

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