‘Political’ Pull? Border Figures Posted, Removed Month Before Election

Fox News, November 7, 2014

Staggering statistics that show nearly a half-million people were caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally–and more than half were not Mexican, a number far higher than in 2013–reportedly were posted on a U.S. government website for just a few hours last month before being taken down.

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, the numbers were posted on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website on Oct. 10 for roughly five hours. The dramatic numbers raised questions over whether they were yanked to protect the administration before key midterm elections.

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The numbers could have become a political football less than a month before the elections. They emphasize the challenge still facing U.S. border agents–the reported number of apprehensions is larger than the population of major U.S. cities including Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans. The number has dropped from even higher levels a decade ago, but the flow is staying strong, even as a virtual army of border agents numbering close to 20,000 remains posted, to catch them.

The stats also point to a startling shift, with more and more border crossers coming from other countries. It is already well-known that illegal immigrant children from Central America have been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, but some lawmakers also have suggested the border could be a crossing for Middle East extremists.

CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said in a statement on Thursday that the stats were only taken down because the information was incomplete.

He noted that the agency posts border statistics every year from multiple databases.

“This year, some of CBP’s data was posted on the website prematurely and removed later that day,” he said. “One of the statistics released was the number of Southwest border apprehensions by the Border Patrol, which was 479,371.”

Kerlikowske said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson already announced a similar estimate a day earlier, but said the “incomplete statistics were taken off the website because it is important that the numbers released to the American people be presented in context and reflect the full range of CBP’s border operations.”

He said the agency will publish the full report “as soon as possible.”

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, the stats showed about 53 percent of the migrants, or 253,000, caught at the U.S.-Mexico border this year were not Mexican–a number far higher than in 2013. A decade ago, fewer than 10 percent were from countries other than Mexico.

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  • superlloyd

    This has been covertly, if not overtly, encouraged by the traitorous policies of the POTUS. By the way, the P does not stand for President in my mind.

  • Election season is why this news was quickly stuffed down the rabbit hole. Unfortunately, knowing how Tuesday turned out, it probably would not have made the red wave any taller by itself. I mean, would it have helped Scott Brown, when he made immigration patriotism his A-1 issue contrasting himself to Jeanne Shaheen?

  • Bossman

    If most of the people crossing the southern border without inspection are not Mexican, then that should put to rest the frequent assertion that Mexico has a very tough immigration policy.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Claiming not to be Mexican has advantages.
      The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 gives OTMs a visa.

      So who knows what the real percentages are.

      Mexico has tough immigration laws, but corrupt enforcers.
      You pay the right crook, you get a pass through the country.

      • Max

        The US is much more efficient. We just need one crook in DC. He can do it all from there.

    • WR_the_realist

      The non-Mexicans crossing the border are not people who legally immigrated into Mexico. They can simply enter as tourists, saying they’ll only be there a few days (and would be telling the truth, as there are simply using Mexico as a means of entry into the United States).

      • Bossman

        Well then, all the more reason to co-operate with Mexico and have a perimeter approach to immigration for the security and prosperity of North America.

        • SentryattheGate

          “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt”.. Mark Twain. Bossman, are you a fool, or a troll?

  • MekongDelta69

    The dramatic numbers raised questions over whether they were yanked to protect the administration before key midterm elections.

    ‘Raised questions’? Really?!

    Everything this dictatorship does is done to ‘protect’ itself.

  • SentryattheGate

    If nearly half a million were apprehended at the border, just imagine how many more were not caught! It’s scary, infuriating and mind-boggling! Trying to put up with diversity is hard enough but seeing all those foreigners’ faces in my community is even more aggravating knowing that many of them have barged in! And they’ll be allowed to vote!!!!

    • Ella

      We have small islands in non-white communities. We have suburbs that can be 90% white but the rest of the city stands at 75% nonwhite.

      • SentryattheGate

        Meanwhile, they have more babies then we do,while “our” gov’t. lets more and more “legal” and illegal into OUR territory!

        • ElComadreja

          Our government runs a breeding program for this non-white scum.

  • drive these foreign invaders from our soil and punish the elite collaborators.

  • “Mexicans, go home!” (and or an equivalent in spanish)
    “Latinos, go home!”
    Salvadorenos, go home!”

    Picture seeing that banner hanging from a freeway overpass.When we get serious about stopping mass immigration (legal and illegal), all we have to do is hang those banners.

    Once the word gets around and gets back across the border, the foreigners will get the idea that they are not welcome here. And those people will not come when they get that idea.

    That is all you have to do.

  • WR_the_realist

    If they caught half a million illegal immigrants in 2013 there must have been at least 2 million illegal immigrants who got in. We all know that they don’t catch more than 20% of the illegals. As for half not being Mexican, is this surprising? Which is easier, getting permission to immigrate legally or just visiting Mexico and walking across the border?

  • ElComadreja

    They probably catch one out of a hundred or less.