Border Crossing Back to Record Levels

U.S. border officials said on Friday that after a holiday lull, illegal border crossings have returned to record levels. While the number dropped at the end of the year, possibly indicating a holiday break, the number illegal crossings are back to as high as 1,400 per day and human smuggling rings are back to full steam. Overall, the bureau of Customs and Border Protection carried out more than 58,000 arrests in January—and the number of “family unit” members taken into custody in recent months is up 290 percent over the previous year.