The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has surpassed 11 million for the first time, according to new federal data, as President Donald Trump continues to press for more border security measures.
The number of undocumented immigrants living in the country was at the highest level since 2006, when the number surpassed 12.5 million.
The total number of unauthorized immigrants is now at its highest point since at least 2000.
A record number of people crossed the border illegally from Mexico in October, a new report shows.
More than 4.3 million people crossed into the U:S.
last year, nearly double the number in the year prior.
In its latest annual report, the Department of Homeland Security said that in October alone, 1.4 million people were apprehended along the border, up from 800,000 in October 2017.
The numbers are a sign that Trump’s administration is pushing to increase deportations, with some in the administration saying that a deportation force of at least a thousand people would be needed to make up for the loss of millions of immigrants who have left the country illegally.
However, there are many who oppose any increase in the number of deportations.
“This administration has been a failure in its mission to secure the border and keep people out of our country, especially women and children,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the pro-Trump group NumbersUSA, in a statement.
“It’s now clear that they have no idea what they are doing.
They’re doing nothing to secure our borders.
That’s why they have a new administration, one that will do what’s best for their own political agenda.”
The Department of Justice said that since Trump took office, it has been working to deport people who are in the United States unlawfully, and that they are working to remove them from the country.