Another Major Illegal Immigration Problem: Family Units Crossing the Border Up 438 Percent in 2014

Posted: Aug 05, 2014 3:15 PM

Over the past two months, the national focus has been on the unaccompanied child crisis on the southern border with Mexico and inside Border Patrol processing facilities. Although important, the spike in unaccompanied children flooding into the United States isn't the only illegal immigration issue we need to pay attention to or be concerned about.

According to numbers provided by the Department of Homeland Security, the number of family units crossing into the U.S. is up 493 percent since last year.

In 2013, 9,350 family units crossed the Southwest Border. In 2014, 55,520 family units have crossed. Family units are typically defined as at least one parent traveling with at least one child. The vast majority of family units are coming from Central America, with the most coming from Honduras.

According to the Department of Justice, 18 out of 20 illegal immigrants do not show up for their immigration court hearings after being released into the United States.