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The number of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border is the highest it's been since 2007, new federal data shows

New federal data shared with The Washington Examiner shows the number of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border is the highest it has been since 2007.

About 851,000 people were apprehended and taken into custody by border patrol agents in fiscal year 2019, which ran from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019.

The number of migrants who claimed asylum once in custody has not been released by the federal government, and the figure does not include those turned away at ports of entry, nor does it include arrests at the US-Canada border or along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

More families than ever are being arrested at the US-Mexico border, with more than 450,000 people apprehended in fiscal 2019 having arrived with a family member, compared to fewer than 80,000 in 2015.

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