Over 76,000 illegal crossings in February, highest total for the month in 12 years

Highest single month total of illegal crossings since Trump took office.

March 05, 2019 - 4:40 pm

WASHINGTON (KFTK) - The number of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border was the highest total for February in 12 years. 

According to the Department of Homeland Security, 76,103 illegal immigrants tried crossing the border without proper documentation.

The record number of illegal crossings happened in the same month President Trump declared a national emergency over the crisis at the southern border. 

The number of crossings in February is also the highest total for a single month since President Trump took office. 

The proportion of illegal crossings in which immigrants crossed between legal ports of entry, also increased in February. 

According to DHS, 87 percent of all illegal immigrants apprehened by Customs and Border Patrol were apprehended between ports of entry. 

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