More than 50,000 try to cross U.S.-Mexico border for 3rd straight month

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The number of people caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally exceeded 50,000 for the third straight month in May, despite the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, according to figures released by the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday. The figure includes immigrants who turned themselves in at ports of entry. Border Patrol agents arrested nearly 2,000 more undocumented immigrants between official border entry points in May than in April, with the total reaching 40,400. The number of unaccompanied children also increased, from 4,302 in April to 6,405 in May. DHS spokesperson Tyler Q. Houlton said the numbers are high, but show “that while the Trump administration is restoring the rule of law … no one expects to reverse years of political action overnight or in a month.”

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