That’s no suprise, thanks to Obama’s actions.
Families caught illegally crossing the border into the United States recently are telling government agencies they did so in part because they thought they would be allowed to stay.
According to data from Customs and Border Protection, which recently interviewed illegal border crossers, families “consistently” believed they were eligible for some sort of legal “permisos,” or passes, to enter and stay in the U.S., claim asylum and/or receive benefits. Of course such beliefs match the reality of falling deportation numbers, President Obama’s executive actions and the failure to ensure that illegal immigrants show up to their court hearings.
The Associated Press, which acquired internal data from Customs and Border Protection, found the agency conducted these interviews to “understand what might be driving a puzzling surge in the numbers of border crossings that started over the summer.”
According to the Associated Press, the number of unaccompanied alien children and families crossing the border fell in 2015 from the spike in 2014, but there has been an increase over the past several months. This recent uptick has confused Department of Homeland Security officials, who thought their campaigns to warn illegal immigrants of the dangers of the journey to the U.S. would be enough.