Another surge of undocumented immigrant families crossing the U.S. border with Mexico took place in July, said an official from Homeland Security in federal court this week as the White House administration requested that a judge not forbid the detention of the undocumented mothers and children.
The Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol said that the amount of undocumented immigrant families that had been captured on the border rose during July.
This was bucking a recent trend and worrying officials who were expecting the amount of families to fall as the heat of summer increases, just as the number of minors who are unaccompanied also falls during the same period.
The administration is also worried things could become worse if the immigrants hear about the July 24 ruling of a federal judge that all but prohibits the detention of any women and children.
Indeed, the White House warned that parents in Central America could be enticed to take their children along on the journey north, realizing they can use their children as their shields to be released from a detention center before being deported.
The DHS is being tugged by advocates of immigrant rights on one side and by congressional Republicans on the other who are demanding stricter across the board enforcement.
The judge in July sided with advocates issuing a ruling that the government violated an agreement of twenty years on how to treat undocumented immigrant children.
The judge gave the White House time to argue the decision but now she will decide whether or not to impose the solution she proposed.
The Deputy chief of the border patrol said if the family detention facilities were shuttered, it would mean the immigrants would languish at facilities the border patrol has at the border, which are not set up to handle long tern detainees and that would distract the border agents from carrying out their duties of trying to stop more border crossings.
The borders could start becoming much busier said the border patrol if the judge denies the right to detain families with children.
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