From the early 1970s through the recession of 2007-2008, over 1 million people were arrested every year trying to enter this country illegally. But the number of arrests dropped dramatically over the next 10 years, due primarily to changing economic conditions in both the United States and Mexico.
For the last two years, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in border arrests, with every indication that this surge will continue, despite an unprecedented effort by our current president to deal with this crisis.
No president in history has made stopping illegal immigration a greater priority. Yet the numbers of arrests continue to soar. Why? Because despite the president’s efforts, this country continues to encourage illegal immigration, in a multitude of ways.
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