A surge in immigrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are coming because they believe they'll be allowed to stay in the United States.

FOX News Radio's Jessica Rosenthal has more:

Homeland Security files of interviews with many immigrants caught crossing the border reveal that they think they'll get a pass to stay in the U.S. if they only get there. The AP got a hold of the Border Patrol interview notes and they reveal immigrants think they can claim asylum and collect benefits here.

Last year there was a big surge in families coming in from Central America... Many claiming violence in their home countries forced them to flee and there's evidence of that being the reason this time around too.

But the U.S. government said after that surge last year they increased efforts in a campaign in Central America to discourage people from coming.

Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News Radio.