In December, 2758 illegals were arrested crossing the border. In January, that number climbed marginally to 2,815. However, in February that number spiked dramatically, to a whopping 4,777. The U.S. Border patrol estimates they are only able to capture about 61% of illegals crossing the border, making the actual estimates of illegals entering the U.S. in February closer to 7,000.
“These are people that are just voluntarily turning themselves in to our agents with the expectation they’ll be released,” said Border Patrol Agent Paul Perez, president of the Rio Grande Valley union of the National Border Patrol Council. “When you cross with the expectation that you’ll be released, there’s no need to hide, there’s no need to run. You just look for a uniformed agent and turn yourself in.”Update:
A number of illegals released under the program have been rearrested.
Mr. Morton also acknowledged that overall, 2,228 immigrants were released — far more than the several hundred the agency had initially admitted to.
Of those, 629 had criminal records...