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Border Patrol apprehensions of families increased 38 percent in August

A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson attributed the spike, in part, to smugglers and traffickers exploiting immigration laws.

Immigrants who turned themselves in to border patrol agents after illegally crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. wait to be transported for processing in the Rio Grande Valley sector, near McAllen, Texas, on April 2, 2018.

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