Arrests on Southern Border Rise Amid Warnings of Record-Breaking Surge

Arrests along the southern border of illegal immigrants rose in February as congressional leaders warn that the United States could face a record-breaking surge of illegal immigrants in 2016, according to statistics issued late Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security.

More than 26,000 illegals, mostly adults, were arrested at the border in February, marking a rise from the 23,761 who were arrested in January of this year, according to DHS.

“The overall 10 percent increase from January is due to an increase in apprehensions of single adults, from 17,505 in January to 19,917 in February, 71.5 percent of whom are from Mexico,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement on the statistics. “Notably, one year ago, in February 2015, the number of apprehensions of single adults was 19,950, and in February 2014 the number was 28,277.”

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