A FIRST: MORE NON-MEXICANS THAN MEXICANS APPREHENDED AT U.S. BORDER IN 2014, NEW STUDY FINDS

A FIRST: MORE NON-MEXICANS THAN MEXICANS APPREHENDED AT U.S. BORDER IN 2014, NEW STUDY FINDS

Published: December 30, 2014
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/30/border-patrol-apprehensions-pew-research/

A new Pew Research Center study of more than six decades of Border Patrol data shows a first in 2014: The Border Patrol apprehended more non-Mexicans than Mexicans at U.S. borders this year.

Pew researchers said the shift “is another sign that unauthorized immigrants from Mexico are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border significantly less often than they did before the Great Recession.”

The Border Patrol reports it apprehended about 229,000 Mexicans and 257,000 non-Mexicans in fiscal year 2014. The Pew study said the 486,000 total apprehensions of Mexican and non-Mexican unauthorized immigrants were up 16 percent from the previous year.

Following spikes in the mid-1980s and at the turn of the 21st century, the number of Border Patrol apprehensions had been falling steadily for years.

From the Pew Research Center:

These numbers are dramatically different than in 2007 when Mexican apprehensions totaled 809,000, compared with just 68,000 non-Mexicans. The number of Mexican immigrants apprehended at the border peaked at 1.6 million in 2000, the Pew Research analysis showed. The last time Mexican apprehensions were as low as they are now was in 1970 when 219,000 Mexicans were apprehended. In 1970, non-Mexican apprehensions totaled just 12,000.

The recent increase in non-Mexican apprehensions is due in part to a surge in unaccompanied Central American child migrants crossing the border without their parents. In fiscal year 2014, nearly 52,000 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, more than double the total from the previous year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. By contrast, the number of unaccompanied Mexican children apprehended slightly declined over the same time period, from 17,000 to 16,000.

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