Oct 30, 2015 1:12 PM by News Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border told U.S. immigration agents they made the dangerous journey in part because they believe they will be permitted to stay in the United States and collect public benefits.
Federal agents interviewed the immigrants in an effort to help the Obama administration understand what might be driving a puzzling surge in the numbers of border crossings that started over the summer. The explanations suggest the U.S. government's efforts to discourage illegal crossings may have been unsuccessful.
The Associated Press obtained copies of the interview summaries, which were compiled in reports by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Intelligence.
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