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Flood of illegal immigrants headed for southern border before Donald Trump assumes office

November 26, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Flood of illegal immigrants headed for southern border before Donald Trump assumes office

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Central American and U.S. officials have warned an influx of illegal immigrants are headed for the southwest border of the United States, driven by concerns of a crackdown under President Elect-Donald Trump’s administration.

Human smugglers, who are also referred to as coyotes, are capitalizing on Trump’s victory and his promise to secure the southern border.

“We’re worried because we’re seeing a rise in the flow of migrants leaving the country, who have been urged to leave by coyotes telling them that they have to reach the United States before Trump takes office,” said Honduras’ deputy foreign minister, Maria Andrea Matamoros.

“The coyotes are leaving people in debt, and taking their property as payment for the journey,” Carlos Raul Morales added, Guatemala’s foreign minister.

As President Obama’s presidency comes to a conclusion, the number of individuals apprehended at the border has significantly increased.

Last month 46,195 people were seized, compared to 39,501 in September, and 37,048 in August, according to Jeh Johnson, the secretary for Homeland Security Secretary.

That’s a 25% increase over a three-month period, and the numbers also include an uptick of unaccompanied children and asylum seekers looking for refuge in the United States.

“I have told our border security and immigration enforcement personnel that we must keep pace with this increase,” Johnson stated.

Detention facilities have become so overcrowded that Johnson obtained a temporary holding facility for up to 500 individuals who are awaiting deportation near the Texas-Mexico border.

About 41,000 illegals are currently crowded into detention facilities, compared to the typical 31,000-34,000, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Trump rose to prominence with a strong anti-illegal immigration campaign and promises to build a border wall with Mexico, deport undocumented immigrants, and penalize sanctuary cities.

Undocumented foreigners, like 27-year-old Fares Revolorio from Guatemala, have gotten the message.

She traveled over 2,610-miles by bus to Tijuana to flee gang violence and is now waiting with her husband and three children to apply for asylum.

“They tell us the new president doesn’t like illegal immigrants, but we have to take the chance,” a teary Revolorio told Reuters. “Nobody wants to die in a horrible way, and we can’t be in Guatemala any longer. My children are growing up in fear.”

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