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Immigration of Unaccompanied Minors has receded

The wave of unaccompanied minors and their families from Central America has slowed down considerably since the huge number fleeing during the summer of 2014. Although the media attention to this issue has subsided, the crisis is way from over.

According to reports issued by the Border Patrol for the first 4 months of this year, the numbers show a reduction of 89 percent in apprehensions of undocumented children and a 16 percent reduction in parents with children. If this tendency continues, the numbers would still quadruple the year’s total for 2013.

The countries that have the largest numbers of family unit member arrivals to the U.S. are Mexico and Guatemala. In the case of unaccompanied minors from Honduras and El Salvador, these numbers have decreased compared to 2014. It is not clear what might be dissuading Salvadorans and Honduran families and children from taking the risk of attempting to journey to the United States.   These numbers appear to indicate that citizens of countries that do not border Mexico are migrating in smaller numbers this year, while Guatemalan citizens continue to arrive at or near 2014 levels. Mexico has increased their migration enforcement as have the other countries, but this does raise concerns about the safety of migrants who are fleeing the violence and poverty of their homeland.

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