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Migrant caravan aside, why is the Texas border seeing a dramatic surge of illegal crossings?




Central American migrants wait at the Paso del Norte international bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in the border with the US, on October 29, 2018.
Central American migrants wait at the Paso del Norte international bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in the border with the US, on October 29, 2018.
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The migrant caravan is weeks away from arriving at the US border.

Also expected at the border are the thousands of troops that President Trump has deployed to assist border agents. Independent of what’s current happening at the border, an LA Times article is reporting that the Texas border is expecting that arrests from illegal crossings would likely reach 20,000 in October - more than double the amount from last year.

AirTalk checks in from the border from both California and Texas.

Guests:

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Houston bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, who has been reporting on the story from Rio Grande Valley in Texas; she tweets @mollyhf

Shaw Drake, policy counsel at the ACLU Border Rights Center in El Paso, Texas

Jean Guerrero, reporter who covers the border for KPBS, the NPR affiliate in San Diego, who’s been following the migrant caravan from Tijuana

Andrew Nietor, immigration and criminal defense attorney; president of the board of directors of Federal Defenders of San Diego, which handles criminal cases after getting a notification of a case from the Federal court; he tweets @anietor