A huge influx of illegal aliens are rushing to enter the United States before incoming Trump administration can put more restrictive border controls into place. Since Election Day, the influx of unaccompanied minors (UAMs) and families in the company of children has set new records, according to the Federation on American Immigration Reform -- a nonprofit that advocates border security and immigration reform. The organization cited data accumulated by the Border Patrol, which show that a record 15,573 family units and 7,406 UAMs were caught. However, FAIR wrote that most people who manage to enter the U.S. are soon processed and released with authorization to work. 
 
Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on behalf of FAIR, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) discovered that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has spent more than $100 million over the past few years transporting UAMs across the country. Some of the minors have gone as far away as Michigan. Immigrants who qualify for refugee status may also be accorded other benefits such as food stamps, housing, and medical care.
 
 
FAIR noted the following statistics:
 
16,495 - The number of criminal aliens released back onto the streets because of sanctuary policies from January 2014 to June 2015.
 
59 -The percent of all ICE removals -139,368 illegal immigrants - who were previously convicted of a crime.
 
12,587 - Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. from January to September 2016.
 
0 - The number of Chinese illegal and criminal aliens removed by ICE in 2015. 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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