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US borders hit by colossal migrant surge as Trump plans end of ‘catch and release’ rules

The town of McAllen, Texas has been inundated with activity in recent days as desperate families attempt to enter the United States before Mr Trump takes office.

Mr Trump is planning to completely rework the US immigration system including a controversial policy that will see anyone illegally entering the country deported.

The president elect has made no secret of his plans to curb US immigration and revealed a ten point plan during his election campaign.

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During a speech in Pheonix, Arizona, the president elect revealed he plans to completely rework current immigration policy which he claims costs US taxpayers £245 billion a year.

And as well as famously declaring that he’s going to build a wall along the Mexican border he also pledged to triple the number of immigration staff as and end the current system of ‘catch and release’ where migrants await asylum claims being processed.

The Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen has seen record numbers over the past month.

More than 7,500 immigrants were processed in November, up from 5,600 in October.

Figures for December are yet to be announced however it is believed it was the busiest month since it opened in June 2014.

Tens of thousands of people have been coming across the border to avoid new rules

Immigrant families face treacherous journeys from central America as they try to make a new life for themselves.

And at least one person drowned crossing the Rio Grande river last week before being detained, processed and released by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Hundreds of thousands of people are thought to have crossed the border illegally to request asylum from violence in their home countries.

During his speech Mr Trump said that on the first day of his presidency he would “begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border”.

And when unveiling his 10 point plan he declared he would: “End catch-and-release. Under a Trump administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country.”

Law enforcement have been out in force to catch illegal immigrants

A mobile home camp springs up on the border of the USA and Mexico

Mr Trump is also planning to immediately deport anyone with a criminal record.

He has previously declared that “Illegal immigrants and other non-citizens in our prisons and jails together had around 25,000 homicide arrests to their names”.

He also claimed “there are at least 2 million convicted criminal aliens now inside the country.”

And added that he planned to: “Move criminal aliens out day one, in joint operations with local, state, and federal law enforcement.

“We will terminate the Obama administration’s deadly, non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets.”

He said he planned to: “Suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur, until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place.

“Ensure that other countries take their people back when we order them deported.

“Ensure that a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system is fully implemented at all land, air, and sea ports.”

According to the Us Center for Immigration studies the highest number of deportations on record was in 2000, under the Clinton administration, when 1,864,343 aliens were deported.

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