The illegal immigrant population that entered the United States from the southwest border region jumped 550,000 this year, a combination of those who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border undetected and those released into the country after being apprehended at key border crossings, according to a new report.
The numbers break down this way:
• Approximately 350,000 children traveling alone and adults with children were likely released into the U.S.
• Approximately 200,000 crossed the border undetected.
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