This was fairly predictable. In anticipation of a potential Trump presidency, hordes of illegal immigrants, including children unaccompanied by guardians, are swarming the US border in a sort-of last-ditch effort.
It's now or never they say, according to Reuters:
Interviews with migrants, people smugglers and officials show many migrants are trying to cross now instead of facing tighter policing and new policies to halt illegal immigration if Trump or another Republican wins the Nov. 8 election.
"If Trump wins, we're all screwed and all Latinos are screwed," Isaias Franco, a 46-year-old from El Salvador who was deported from the United States late last year and is now trying to get back, said at a migrant shelter in Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), 150,304 migrants were apprehended trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border since October 2015. That's a 24 percent increase from the same time-period the year prior. The report also states that between between October and January, 20,455 children were apprehended on the southwest border -- marking a staggering increase of 100, yes, 100 percent from the year prior.
"You watch the news ... There's a lot of fear among Latinos," Franco said, adding that a Republican victory would spell the end for proposed reforms to give many immigrants greater legal security.
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, said migrants understand his policies. "It seems they agree Mr. Trump will be tough, build the wall and stop illegal immigration."
Blanca Rivera, who manages the Ciudad Juarez migrant shelter, said she had noticed a recent surge in the numbers of migrants and also blamed the inflammatory rhetoric.
"They think they need to take advantage while they can."