The Number of Illegal Immigrant Minors Caught Crossing the US Border Is Surging Again

Sarah Hurtubise, Daily Caller, April 7, 2015

The number of illegal immigrant children caught by U.S. officials in the Southwest swelled in March, a trend that immigration watchers say will continue as the weather improves throughout the summer.

The U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended 15,647 unaccompanied children attempting to enter the country illegally between October 2014 and March 2015, according to updated federal data. That’s an increase of 3,138 minors in the month of March, according to federal statistics through the end of February.

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Between 2013 and 2014, the number of unaccompanied children caught crossing the border illegally from Guatemala and Honduras more than doubled; child immigrants from El Salvador almost tripled.

The fiscal year is only half over and it remains to be seen whether the number of illegal immigrants will surge again over the summer. So far, the number of children stopped by U.S. Border Patrol officials doesn’t look like it will reach 2014’s unprecedented levels–compared to the same time period last year, the number of illegal immigrant children apprehended has dropped from 28,579 in 2014 to 15,647 so far this year.

However, 2015 may turn out to be the second-biggest year on record. So far, this year’s influx of illegal immigrant minors outpaces 2012 and 2013, according to federal data compiled by the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors low-scale immigration levels.

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  • Luca

    “unaccompanied children” ? Now isn’t that a nice, feel-good phrase engineered by the liberal public relations machine? Most are late teens and if any are younger they are generally accompianed by their moms or older adult sisters.

    But let’s call it something warm and fuzzy to get it past the complicit media and the ignorant masses.

    • SentryattheGate

      And some are pregnant!

      • Ella

        But Libtards love it since they have perfect hearts and others do not.

    • listenupbub

      Yes, I love it when they show the videos of these “children” on TV.

    • Alden

      Same term airlines use for kids flying alone

  • Hilis Hatki

    I imagine the numbers of those crossing the border on the ground would drop since we are busing and flying them in.

  • Hammerheart

    War in Afghan is winding down. Why don’t we just get all the victor units with nothing to do to run a continuous transnational convoy to make sure these brave unaccompanied 6 year olds are making it over here safely?

  • Light from the East

    Children were crossing the border alone by themselves? No way!
    There must be forces helping them from the outside and the inside.

  • A friend took a flight out of Phoenix. Several small skinny “kids” were there that looked somewhat strange and out of place. They looked like adolescents, but the faces looked older. He could not look at them closely, because they intensely stared back whenever he tried to glace at them.

    Only later did he realize that these were probably some Guatemalan gang bangers, tough and very alert, who pretended to be minors and were just transported by the US government.
    Bringing such people into small towns is an attack on the safety of their residentes, male and female.
    Can someone please explain what the motivation is to invite and welcome these kids instead of sending them back to where they came from?

    • Hammerheart

      According to the country’s presidential administration and white liberal academics these Guatemalan gang bangers are future doctors, astronauts, and more American than baseball and apple pie. It’s ok.

      • newscomments70

        Actually that’s what Republican neo-cons say. Liberals believe that gang-banging and collecting welfare, committing violent crimes, etc are perfectly acceptable. Apple pie, main street America are evil and racist; this culture must be obliterated.

  • belajadevotchka2

    Haven’t they got the memo that we’re just flyin’ ’em in?

  • Susan

    More easily brainwashed voters. Corrupt government at it again.