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Illegal border crossings by Central American families increase again

Illegal border crossings by Central American families increase again

Arrests of migrants who illegally crossed  the Southwest border jumped 23% in the past year, according to Homeland Security figures released Monday.

The increase, after declining for a year, could provide grist for the presidential campaign and Donald Trump’s harsh criticism of immigration policy and border security.

Border Patrol agents and other U.S. authorities apprehended 408,870 people on or near the border — including 137,366 children and their families, mostly from Central America — in the just-ended 2016 fiscal year.

That’s up from...

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