Fewer Children Are Entering U.S. Illegally as Mexico Cracks Down, Analysis Finds

Randal C. Archibold, New York Times, April 28, 2015

A significant drop in the number of children apprehended at the United States-Mexico border in recent months sprang from Mexico’s record number of deportations of minors traveling without a guardian, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

The analysis, by the Pew Research Center in Washington, noted that the flow of children not authorized to enter the United States had dropped precipitously, to 12,509, from October to February. The vast majority of the children were Central American.

That was down from 21,402 in the same period a year ago, amid a wave of children fleeing violence in their home countries and drawn by false promises of amnesty in the United States. {snip}

Mexico, pushed by the United States and other countries, stepped up law enforcement in its southern border region in ways not seen in years, with raids on freight trains that migrants sneak aboard to travel north and more frequent immigration checks on hotels and vehicles. Officials returned 3,819 minors to their home countries in the period studied, a 56 percent increase over the previous year.

Children making their way from Honduras, where crime, violence and the rumors of amnesty were strongest, slowed to the point that Guatemala now accounts for the largest share of children apprehended in Mexico, according to the study.


Mexico’s get-tough approach has led to complaints from advocates for migrants. They say that the police have been heavy-handed and have detained many migrants unable or unwilling to pay bribes to pass through, and that the government has made it difficult for people to apply for asylum. {snip


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  • antiquesunlight

    Thanks so much, Mexico. Now if you’ll just take back the several million people living illegally in my country, we’ll let bygones be bygones.

    • Anglokraut

      Quadruple that figure and you’ll be a lot closer to the actual number of illegals.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        A New York investment banking firm did an independent study in the early 2000s, and concluded there were 30 million Illegals in the U.S. at THAT time. (Quoted in Pat Buchanan’s “State of Emergency.”)

        It is inconceivable that the blandishments of our welfare state — and the lure of Obama’s “Amnesty” — have not increased that figure to 40 million or even 50 million.

        • Lexonaut

          Well, as long as they can’t vote … … Oh wait … … Never mind.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            Demses votes early and often…

    • I appreciate your frustration, but that is SUPPOSED to be the responsibility of OUR government!

      • corvinus

        Heh… Mexico doing the job that the U.S. Fedgov won’t do. The irony drips.

  • Jason Lewis

    The Hondurans, and Guatamalans must be staying in Mexico or they’re making it to America and Mexicans are losing jobs thereby sending less American dollars back home.

  • Chip Carver

    More bunk for the masses. The overall numbers of individuals flowing across the border has increased. That’s the real story.

    • Susannah

      Exactly. They’re trying to lull us into complacency. “See, it’s not so bad. Their numbers are declining.” Sure they are.

    • Bossman

      If that is the real story, then you should be able to give more details and more analysis of what’s going on. I would like to know about it.

  • dd121

    With all the Mexicans coming in this country it’s probably shifted the rotational axis of the earth.

  • SentryattheGate

    Mexico lays claim to the US! They don’t want to share it with Central Americans!

    • Exactly! Heck, the Aztecs and the Maya have been fighting for over six centuries. Why stop now? As long as the Mexicans don’t cut the hearts of the Central Americans out and start eating them, fine.

      • ElComadreja

        What in the world would be wrong with that?

    • Michael Whalen

      The only reason that they lay claim to the US, is that we have actually made something of it. However you want to make it into something horrible (you know, dispossession of the Indians, conquest, slavery, etc.), we actually did make this country into a prosperous, free, law abiding nation. If we were just a lawless, third world hell hole like Mexico is today, they would not give a hoot one way or the other. They resent us for the fact that we are better than they are.

      • Spaniard in LA

        This past summer I spent about a month in Mexico and to be honest it’s not the hell hole people make it out to be. It’s actually modernizing. Those that have never traveled think Mexico is like Africa but it’s not.

        • John Smith

          The violence is similar.

          • Michael Robert Ryan

            To be completely fair, the violence is cause largely by our unwinnable and quixotic drug war. It’s kind of like prohibition-era Chicago on steroids. Prior to the outbreak of the violence, Mexico was a reasonable successful country. It had (and probably still has) one of the highest standards of living in the developing world.

          • nativist

            Mexico’s history of violence antedates the arrival of Cortez. Along with Guatemala it remains the only country where thousands of humans were sacrificed every year.

        • Hammerheart

          I wouldn’t consider any country that routinely has Special Operations units operating on its soil to be first world.

        • Lexonaut

          Mexico has a higher economic growth rate now than does the US. Never mind why, it’s a fact.

  • Bossman

    The article says that Mexico has been pushed by the USA to do this. What is the pay-back? Is Mexico being paid handsomely for doing this? Why are those small countries not part of Mexico. Same continent, same language, same race.

    • Anglokraut

      Why is the U.S. not part of Canada? Same continent, same language, same race…
      Oh, wait, they don’t all speak the same language, and they are not all the same race. Amerinds and Mestizos have the same kind of anthropological variations as all the other races of man.

      • Lexonaut

        “Why is the U.S. not part of Canada?”

        Because during the Revolutionary War we hounded the crown loyalists till they were north and over the border. At least we got rid of our Newfies. (Is joke.)

    • Yeah, right. Pushed by the US government? Uhh, that would be the same US government that wants to grant citizenship to all comers here, illegal or not? Uh huh, you betcha!

    • JP Rushton

      I’m guessing the real story is that too many of those children end up in Mexico instead of the US, so Mexico is doing something about it.

  • AmericanRemnant

    Mexico has always had no tolerance for illegals so this article is questionable. Especially since we recently read where DHS was flying them in directly from Central America. Apparently not enough were making it on foot to satisfy the treasonous Marxists that have infected the USG.

    • Luca D.

      That’s why less are coming through Mexico. Obama and crew are flying them in on our dime.

  • So, the number of illegals entering the United States has dropped because MEXICO has stepped up enforcement of its control of their southern border? Huh? Yeah, males sense.

    To put it another way: “The United States government had neither the will nor the desire to enforce border enforcement due to the fact that it is controlled by special interests. However, Mexico, not suffering from the same difficulties, had no problem enforcing its laws on its border.” There, now I got it.

    • Spaniard in LA

      Central Americans who are caught by Mexican authorities are usually robbed and beaten.

      • Ella

        In America they gift the illegals.

      • Blackfish

        Drunk Spring Breakers too! It’s a Mexican thing apparently.

        • Spaniard in LA

          I remember back in my younger days I would party down in Mexico. As soon as we would cross the border we would all stash our money in our shoes. I remember this one time a couple of blacks were acting smart towards the Mexican police. I then remember the cop cuffing one black guy by one hand and then placing the other cuff in back of his ATV motorcycle. The cop took of driving maybe about 15mph literally dragging the guy. Loved it!

  • Johann Wald

    Curious the way the article starts out. “A significant drop in the number of children apprehended…”. I thought the comprehensive immigration plan of the Obongo bad-ministration was to do no apprehension at all. They’re just waving them through after they get a map to the nearest Democrat voter registration location. Of course, once they arrive to register, they’ll magically change from “children” to 25-40 year old adults.

  • libertarian1234

    These so-called “children” I’m pretty sure are adult-sized teenagers at least and maybe even older.

    And I’m equally certain that the vast majority are males and probably virtually all of them belong to one gang or another, and they view this country as an easy mark for drug sales, burglaries, or some other illicit activity.

    They’ll work for daily wages standing in front of a Home Depot, but that just gives them pocket money until they can score a good burglary or home invasion.

    Like blacks these illegal alien types will steal anything that isn’t nailed down.

    In the motels around San Diego when I was there several years ago, if you left anything in the trunk of your vehicle it would be gone when you woke up the next morning. They’re experts at popping a trunk lock, loading the contents into their own vehicles, then moving the back seat forward and ransacking the glove compartment or whatever might be inside the vehicle.

    • Lexonaut

      In the suburban Denver condo development in which I used to live, Mexicans would come in at night, jack up cars in parking lots that had expensive rims, shove cinder blocks under, steal the wheels and be gone in 90 seconds, without making any significant noise. They were like well trained pit crews but without the air wrenches.

  • Ella

    So the Us govt. pays Mexico for deporting them before the illegals reach US soil, nahhh!

  • Yancy Derringer

    “A wave of children fleeing violence in their home countries.”

    That’s a New York Times, Obama administration lapdog lie.

  • Hammerheart

    Mexico cracking down on illegal immigration? Strange times gentlemen.

    • John Smith

      They don’t want any more useless mouths, especially native ones. The mestizos don’t like the indios.

      • Hammerheart

        I think it’s best we stay out of their tribal warfare campaigns in this case.

  • HE2

    Sorry, I do not believe a word of this propagandizing article. There are other reports stating just the opposite; an increased surge of El Salvadorean and Guatemalan faux “youths,” aka Norteño and Sureño terrorist wannabees, cartel employed growers, dealers, and mules pouring over the borders.
    Yikes, I should never get started writing about these south-of-the-border monsters and their destructive impact on California, North and South. I get seriously cranked up.
    Marin County is flooded with the prodigious breeder element. They receive full medical care, and extra $$ courtesy of your tax dollars for every sprog they push out.
    Meanwhile, the men, when not loitering around Home Depot and sexually harassing White women passersby, invade unguarded homes, steal autos, [watch Baitcar], shoplift, purse snatch and/or rape unwary White women, gang fight among themselves, drive drunk and without benefit of license or insurance, fleeing the scene after causing death or injuries and deal drugs.
    All receive a free ride: housing, medical care, EBT cards, AFDC, TANF, SS and probably more.
    Un-immunized and occult disease carrying, they swarm our Urgent Care and E.Rs exposing decent White citizens to their endemic diseases long ago eradicated in the States.
    Additionally, heavily armed drug gangs are decimating Mendocino, Trinity, Humboldt, Siskiyou, and other Northern California pristine forests by diversion and insecticide pollution of mountain streams used for growing tons of marijuana.
    As a result, fish are poisoned, farm lands at lower elevations are left with no water for crops, their “campgrounds” left in stereotypical greasertio squalid litter.
    As these greasers are militarily armed, it is no longer safe for White hikers or campers to pack into these areas.
    Here we have another Western Civilization incompatible sub-species, bringing nothing but evil to our state. They do not belong here and should be put up against the wall or deported at once.

  • Hilis Hatki

    “A significant drop in the number of children apprehended…”
    They cant stop illegal immigrants, but they can count them?

  • Earl P. Holt III

    Mexico wants to give priority to its OWN nationals emigrating to the U.S., since we are their “safety net.” (They may also be inconvenienced by the dregs of other Latin American countries creating havoc with THEIR infrastructure and social services… )

  • Rob

    Stop giving to churches and charities that support Hispanics and then many of them will go back.
    We stupidly are funding our own destruction.

  • AFlaVet

    “had dropped precipitously, to 12,509,…”

    Huh…that sounded like they were sad at that. Why do we need even one more breeder, welfare, illiterate mestizo dependent here? Let alone 12,000 +.