The federal government’s fiscal year runs from October to September, and the 2017 numbers include the last three full months of the Obama administration. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello said that “loopholes” in current law continue to lure unaccompanied minors and family units to the United States.
Of the 310,531 apprehensions nationwide, about 304,000 occurred on the nation’s southwestern border. Since at least 2013, the majority of the those immigrants have come from Central America, a trend that continued in 2017.
Data show that the Texas-Mexico border continues to be the most popular choice for illegal entry by that group of crossers.
That area saw a steady stream of undocumented immigrant families.
There were about 49,900 people apprehended as part of family units in that sector, compared to 52,000 in 2016.
A woman accused of setting a man on fire in Galveston was arrested and charged Monday.
Nancy Allen, 50, turned herself in to Galveston County officials around 8 p.m. A man called the Galveston Police Department on the morning of Nov.
According to investigators, an armed person threatened a resident just after 10 p.m. The officer found the gunman in building near the victim’s home and gunfire was exchanged, investigators said. The shooting is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and the Galveston County district attorney’s office.
A Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy shot a 17-year-old driver several times early Sunday morning.
Some lawmakers have said that acts as a magnet for illegal migration because some cases won’t be adjudicated for years due to a backlog in immigration court.
Though the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended in the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector dipped to 23,700 in 2017 – a 35 percent drop from 2016 – the sector was the most active compared to other border sectors.
One of the deputies deployed his stun gun at some point during the confrontation, but Salazar said the stun gun didn’t hit the suspect.
The deputy then drew his weapon and shot into the car, striking the driver several times.
Some of this clothing was still on fire, police said.