Illegal Immigration Jumps for Third Straight Year Under Obama

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, October 9, 2014

Illegal immigration on the southwestern border spiked 14 percent over the past year, marking the third straight increase, though Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said it was almost all because of the surge of illegal immigrant children and families from Central America–a crisis he said is subsiding.

In a broad speech on the state of border enforcement, Mr. Johnson promised more transparency from his department but challenged the press to be responsible in reporting on threats such as Ebola and the possibility of terrorists crossing the border.

He said he was not delivering “a ‘mission accomplished’ speech” and acknowledged that more needs to be done to secure the borders.

However, he said the summer flood of unaccompanied Central American children and families has fallen to rates not seen since 2012.

“The worst is over for now,” Mr. Johnson said in remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Overall, the Border Patrol apprehended 479,377 illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2014, a jump of nearly 65,000 in one year alone and almost a 45 percent increase over the low point in 2011, when fewer than 330,000 were apprehended. Still, it’s far less than the million-plus catch recorded every year in the middle of the last decade, or the record 1.6 million illegal immigrants caught in 2000.

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Mr. Johnson said he is not declaring victory and that his agents will be ready for another surge should the lull prove to be a seasonal drop. {snip}

Still, Mr. Johnson dismissed descriptions of the border as “porous” and rejected claims that illegal immigrants or Islamic State terrorists can pass easily.

In particular, he rebutted a claim by Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, that four men with ties to the Islamic State group, also known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS, were caught coming across the border.

“In fact, these four individuals were arrested, their supposed link to terrorism was thoroughly investigated and checked, and in the end amounted to a claim by the individuals themselves that they were members of the Kurdish Workers’ Party–an organization that is actually fighting against ISIL and defended Kurdish territory in Iraq,” Mr. Johnson said. “Nevertheless, these individuals have been arrested for unlawful entry, they are detained, and they will be deported.”

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Mr. Johnson detailed the massive buildup in infrastructure and manpower that has helped cut the flow of illegal immigrants: 18,127 Border Patrol agents in the Southwest, more than 400 camera systems, nearly 12,000 ground sensors, eight unmanned aerial vehicles and 353 miles of primary fencing–most of that added in the past eight years.

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  • Illegal immigration on the southwestern border spiked 14 percent over the past year, marking the third straight increase…

    Some of the loudest cheers in reaction to this news are taking place inside RNC headquarters.

  • MekongDelta69

    Just wait until after the midterm elections…

    “Press 27 for English”

  • I had a jumble puzzle on this just recently…

  • 4321realist

    They keep talking about underage aliens when the adult immigration is still out of control. Are they just being sloppy in their reporting as usual or are they trying to distract us?

  • None of the numbers that come out of the mouths of these liars is trustworthy. There are more illegals than they admit, including ISIS terrorists who have puddle jumped the Rio Grande. This is another government official who needs to be arrested, tried, convicted, and put to death for his lies and his dereliction of duty.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      You might want to check out TheAmericanDissident[dot]com.
      The owner of that site is also a persecuted educator.

  • Everyone is a citizen of the United States. Welcome! Come in the country and make us feel better because hundreds of years ago 1% of the population owned some Bantus. This crime can only be punished by mass displacement and genocide of these evil white racists.

  • MBlanc46

    “He said he was not delivering “a ‘mission accomplished’ speech” and
    acknowledged that more needs to be done to secure the borders.”

    Something is being done to secure the borders?

    • WR_the_realist

      Yes, just as something is being done about the deficit.

  • fgbrunner3

    Impeach Obama Now

  • Ron8200

    What difference does it make if they apprehend and release. This is not enforcement. We have sent the welcome wagon to the border not the patrol. How do we get Americans jobs when we let in half a million from south of the border?

  • fgbrunner3

    Impeach Obama Now

  • Elba

    Does anyone think about all the Communist run/Communist friendly nations these lumps are immigrating from? All allies of Cuba, Russia and China. They are Argentina, Bolivia,
    Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, the Honduras, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela.
    The government of Colombia – President Santos is not an enemy of the
    left – is presently trying to establish a pact with the FARC communist
    guerillas.They want this country to become a Marxist/Communist “utopia”- full of ingrates who are violently opposed to class distinctions and anything “elegant”. Take a look at the mere dress code these cockroaches have- nasty spandex too small bottoms with their garbage bag butts flobbing about, they have the WORST manners I have ever seen- diapers strewn in the public streets and no conception of class. This is what they want guys. A nation of Marxists- where everyone is low class and icky.

  • John

    I’m amazed the article referred to these invaders as “illegal immigrants” as opposed to the more typical MSM references such as “undocumented workers” or some such garbage.

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