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A group of Central American migrants climb the border fence between Mexico and the United States, near El Chaparral border crossing, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018.

4 reasons the number of families crossing the US-Mexico border illegally is soaring, and how Trump may have made the problem worse

Despite President Donald Trump's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration and the asylum system, the most families on record are crossing.
Maria Meza (C), the 40-year-old migrant woman from Honduras, runs away from tear gas with her 5-year-old twin daughters Saira Mejia Meza and Cheili Mejia Meza in front of the border wall between the US and Mexico in Tijuana on November 25, 2018.

Democratic congresswoman tears into Kirstjen Nielsen over the Trump administration’s treatment of migrants: ‘Either you’re lying ...

Rep. Nanette Barragán asked whether DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was familiar with asylum law, and accused DHS of failing to follow the law.
Blaise Kidasharira, 34, talks to INSIDER just feet away from the US-Canada border, before he crossed it illegally to seek asylum.

A Burundian asylum-seeker who fled the US explains why he left behind everything he knew to reach safety in Canada

In the last two years, nearly 40,000 migrants have entered Canada illegally, many of them seeking asylum they believe is out of reach in the US.
Children climb up the Mexican side of the U.S./Mexico border fence on June 24, 2018 in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Even Newt Gingrich thinks Trump’s deal for his border wall is a ‘mistake,’ and immigration hardliners are slamming the presidentR...

President Donald Trump's plan to secure wall funding has critics ranging from Democrats to prominent conservatives to hardline immigration hawks.

Democrats are rejecting Trump’s immigration deal for 3 glaring reasons, and it shows just how far apart the 2 sides still are

The Senate plans to vote on two bills to reopen the government on Thursday, one with border-wall funding and one without. Both are expected to fail.
White House senior adviser Stephen Miller.

Trump’s immigration deal to end the shutdown is actually ‘Stephen Miller’s dream,’ and could effectively ban many migrant chil...

The immigration deal that President Donald Trump hailed as a "common-sense compromise" actually imposes severe asylum restrictions, experts say.
Roxham Road is marked as a "DEAD END," but leads up to the northern US border where asylum-seekers cross a dirt path to enter Canada.

THE OTHER BORDER ‘CRISIS’: While America is fixated on Mexico and the wall, thousands of migrants are fleeing for Canada in a dramatically...

Migrants from around the world have been coming to a rural village in upstate New York for a chance to cross the border into Canada and seek asylum.

The government shutdown is having a ‘devastating impact’ on an already backlogged immigration system

The shutdown has had a "devastating impact" on the immigration system, and the cancelled hearings will take years to reschedule, judges say.
Saudi teenager Rahaf al-Qunun arrives at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Monday. Her family have now disowned her for fleeing.

The family of the Saudi teen who got asylum in Canada has publicly disowned her

Her family, including her father, Mohammed al-Qunun, a ranking Saudi official, called the 18-year-old "mentally unstable."
Saudi teen Rahaf al-Qunun is greeted by Thai immigration authorities at a hotel inside Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand January 7, 2019. Thailand Immigration Police.

The Saudi teen who fled her family and got refugee status after a viral Twitter campaign has reportedly been granted asylum in Australia

Rahaf al-Qunun said in an interview that Australia had accepted her asylum claim. The Australian government decline to comment when asked by INSIDER.