White House Hits Back: ‘The Crisis At The Border By The Numbers’

Trump goes on Twitter tear blaming Democrats

President Trump isn't one to sit back and let fake news rule the airwaves.

Trump went on a Twitter tear on Tuesday defending his administration's policies for handling illegal entry into the United States.

The White House also put out a fact sheet on Tuesday morning with a slew of numbers and statistics. You're unlikely to see much coverage elsewhere, so here is the White House's fact sheet in its entirety:

FIXING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM: Congress needs to close the loopholes that are preventing common sense immigration enforcement.

  • Due to legal loopholes, many aliens who reach our borders are released into our country after being apprehended, encouraging more illegal immigration.
  • Smugglers and human traffickers understand and have exploited these loopholes.
  • The Flores Settlement Agreement and court decisions interpreting it have hampered the Government’s ability to detain and promptly remove many Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) and family units.
  • The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 limits the Government’s ability to promptly return many UACs who have been apprehended at the border.

UAC LOOPHOLES BY THE NUMBERS: Legal loopholes have hamstrung immigration enforcement and contributed to the crisis at our border as UAC arrivals have surged.

  • More than 110,000 UACs have been released into the interior of the United States since the beginning of FY 2016, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The number of UACs at ports of entry increased by 636 percent from April 2017 to April 2018.
  • Border Patrol apprehensions of UACs were 331 percent higher for April 2018 than April 2017.
  • Only 3.4 percent of UACs encountered at the border in FY 2014 from countries other than Mexico had been removed or returned as of FY 2017.
  • UAC cases pending in immigration courts now total 78,000, up from less than 3,500 in FY 2009.
  • Approximately 90 percent of removal orders obtained against UACs each year result from one’s failure to appear at a hearing.
  • Removal orders issued against UACs based on a failure to appear at an immigration hearing have risen over 1000 percent since FY 2009.
  • Gangs, such as MS-13, have used the influx of UACs for recruiting opportunities.
  • More than one-third of the 274 MS-13 members and affiliates arrested in the Federal, State, and local led “Operation Matador” entered the country as UACs.

ASYLUM LOOPHOLES BY THE NUMBERS: Loopholes in our asylum laws are subject to exploitation, contributing to significant spikes in asylum claims in recent years.

  • Current law sets an easily-met credible fear standard, which allows aliens who make meritless asylum claims to remain in the United States for years while they litigate their cases.
  • The number of arriving aliens claiming credible fear has jumped to one out of every 10, up from one out of every 100 before 2011.
  • Since FY 2009, the amount of immigration cases originating from a credible fear finding has dramatically increased, while the percentage of cases ultimately granted asylum has dropped significantly.
  • The Executive Office for Immigration Review has over 312,000 cases with pending asylum applications.
  • Backlog in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services affirmative asylum process has swelled by over 1900 percent since the end of FY 2012.
  • The number of asylum claims received in FY 2017 was the highest annual number of claims in over 20 years

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