Illegal immigration across the Mexican border was 230 percent higher during April of this year than April of 2017. A major reason is that illegal aliens are becoming more aware of the “catch and release” policy the Border Patrol has to follow. Illegal aliens who claim asylum under this policy are commonly released on their promise to show up for an asylum hearing. Often they don’t show up. Their claim was just a ruse to get into the U.S.
Brandon Judd, president of the Border Patrol Council, estimates that 75 percent of illegal aliens apprehended by the Border Patrol get catch and release. This loophole, he maintains, encourages illegal immigration. He noted , “If you can cross the border illegally without any consequence, why not? As long as the catch and release policy-program exists, large numbers of people are going to cross the border illegally.”
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