There was a rising number of border apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the southern border of the U.S. in the first month of the year, and it looks like it could continue to grow in 2019.
There was a significant increase, with 47,893 apprehensions in January 2019, compared to 25,975 in January of 2018, leading predictors to believe there could be over 600,000 border apprehensions in total this year, according to The Washington Examiner.
Princeton Policy Advisors’ Steven Kopits told the Examiner already seeing an increase could reveal that there will be more illegal immigration expected at the U.S.-Mexico border this year.
“The January numbers don’t yet warrant an upward revision in our forecast of 606,000 apprehensions in 2019. But we are on notice,” Kopits said. “Buckle your seat belts: 2019 could be a wild ride at the southwest border.”
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Border apprehensions are way, way up and hundreds of thousands are expected to be taken into custody in 2019.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 19, 2019
Trump battles for border wall funding
As border apprehensions of illegal immigrants spiked, President Donald Trump continues to push for the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in order to curb illegal immigration.
In recent days, the president signed a federal and border security funding deal to avoid another shutdown and signed a national emergency in hopes to secure additional funds for the border wall — the deal included $1.375 billion of his desired $5.7 billion.
“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border — and we’re going to do it one way or the other,” President Trump declared during his White House press conference on Friday.
As IJR News reported, 16 states are looking to block the president’s national emergency declaration as a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Despite the lawsuit filed and top Democrats calling the national emergency “illegal” and unconstitutional, the president doesn’t seem to be backing down, even saying during Friday’s speech, “I expect to be sued. I shouldn’t be sued … We’ll win in the Supreme Court.”
In response to the lawsuit, President Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday he had an “absolute right” to declare the national emergency.
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