U.S. Customs and Border Protection caught nearly three times as many illegal alien family units in the first month of FY2016 than it did in the first month of FY2015.
According to CBP, border agents apprehended 6,029 family units crossing the Southwest U.S. border illegally during the month of October. That number is 179 percent higher than the 2,162 family units the agency caught in October of last year.
CBP also caught close to twice as many unaccompanied children in the first month of FY2016 than they did in the first month of FY2015.
The agency reports it apprehended 4,973 unaccompanied illegal alien children (UACs) at the U.S.-Mexico border in October. That number is up 97 percent from the 2,519 UACs that border agents apprehended in October of last year.
Of those who were caught last month, 3,921 kids were from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Another 990 were from Mexico.