TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Illegal immigration and national security has been in the spotlight ever since President Donald Trump announced his candacy.
But the problem existed long before.
Border Patrol captured more than a million undocumented immigrants almost every year between the mid-80s and early 2000s.
The last eight years have seen a nearly 75 percent drop in apprehensions since the peak.
But the numbers are on the rise again.
President Trump declared a national emergency in February, allowing him to bypass Congress and move around billions in defense dollars to fund the
That includes 63 miles planned in Pima and Cochise counties. Sixteen states and Congress have sued to stop him.
Over the past seven months, President Trump has sent several thousand troops to the southern border to install razor wire on fencing and to support
The move came after the failed zero tolerance policy to slow the flow of illegal immigration.
The plan to separate migrant children from their parents turned into a PR nightmare, with the administration stumbling to re-unite families.
The Trump Administration has sought other means to limit asylum seekers in recent months.
Stricter questioning of asylum claims, a proposal to double the time before asylum seekers can seek a work permit and sending migrants to Mexico to
wait for their cases to be heard.
Most agree until comprehensive immigration reform is addressed anything done along the border will only serve as a band-aid for a much bigger problem.