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More immigrants cross border illegally since Trump's entry restrictions

Man climbs border wall in Tijuana.
Man climbs border wall in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Since the Trump administration regulated the flow of immigrants at official ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border, more immigrants have been caught crossing the border illegally, avoiding long wait-times to claim asylum, according to data obtained by NBC News.

Details: Between October 2017 and January 2018, 73% of border crossings recorded referred to immigrants crossing illegally. That percentage rose to 83% in the same period ending this January 31. CBP limited the number of immigrants who can be processed, so some asylum seekers have been turned away to wait in Mexico.

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