Nearly half a million illegal aliens were caught crossing over into the US last year according to figures that were released for 5 hours in October. The administration took the report down in the run-up to the midterm elections.
Not all the immigrants made it. Small lifeless bodies of children were found washed up on the riverbank of the Rio Grande.
FOX News reported:
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Staggering statistics that show nearly a half-million people were caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally — and more than half were not Mexican, a number far higher than in 2013 — reportedly were posted on a U.S. government website for just a few hours last month before being taken down.
According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, the numbers were posted on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website on Oct. 10 for roughly five hours. The dramatic numbers raised questions over whether they were yanked to protect the administration before key midterm elections.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told the Center he’s worried “they may have been taken down for purely political reasons.”
“If the information is ready it should be made available. The idea that it was and then yanked down for political reasons is outrageous,” he said.
The numbers could have become a political football less than a month before the elections. They emphasize the challenge still facing U.S. border agents — the reported number of apprehensions is larger than the population of major U.S. cities including Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans. The number has dropped from even higher levels a decade ago, but the flow is staying strong, even as a virtual army of border agents numbering close to 20,000 remains posted, to catch them.
Deportations during the Obama years are down 50% from Bush years.