In 2014 the United States and Mexico experienced an unprecedented surge in undocumented migration of unaccompanied children and family units from Central America. In response, Mexico greatly increased its immigration enforcement efforts, particularly along its southern border. In 2014, Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) reported that it removed 104,269 migrants who came from the “northern triangle” (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala) of Central America. Roughly 17,900 of those migrants were minors, 8,236 of whom were unaccompanied. Mexico’s increased enforcement has contributed to fewer apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. During the first half of FY2015, U.S. apprehensions of unaccompanied minors at the border were 45% lower, and total apprehensions of family units were 30% lower than the same period in 2014.
Date of Report: 4/29/2015
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