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Illegal Immigration Problem Growing

President Barack Obama and his chosen successor, Hillary Clinton, would have voters believe illegal immigration — by whatever name the politically correct crowd calls it these days — is not much of a problem.

Tell that to those at the Department of Homeland Security who keep track of the number of people sneaking into our country.

With the federal fiscal year only slightly more than two-thirds over, the number of illegal immigrant families coming into the United States already is higher than for all of FY 2015, according to published reports. Nearly 45,000 families have been caught by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other law enforcement agencies. The total for FY 2015 was fewer than 40,000. The number of individuals also is surging.

CBP officials say the number of children coming into the country illegally or being brought here by families threatens to rival the level of 2014, when the problem of what to do with the youngsters became a genuine crisis.

Why are more illegal immigrants coming into the United States? In June, a government lawyer told a federal judge part of the reason is they are encouraged to do so by the Obama administration’s policy of lax enforcement of immigration laws.

Estimates of the number of people in this country illegally vary, but a generally accepted number is between 11 million and 12 million. The White House has done little or nothing about that.

No wonder the issue has become a hot-button one for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Regardless of whether you like his ideas, at least he recognizes illegal immigration is a problem.

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