Illegal immigration in 2016 has already surpassed 2015 with two months still to go in the fiscal year, driven by a renewed surge of illegal immigrant children and families from Central America attempting to sneak into the U.S.

Nearly 34,000 people were caught at the southwest border in July, up 5,000 compared to a year ago. And that brings the total for the first 10 months of the fiscal year to more than 332,000, which puts it ahead of all 12 months of 2015, according to Border Patrol statistics released late last week.

The surge has been powered chiefly by a new increase in the number of children and families from Central America attempting to sneak into the U.S., pushed by violence at home and lured by the hope of amnesty from the Obama administration here. More than 7,500 people traveling as families were nabbed along the border, and another 5,068 children traveling alone were also caught.

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