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Border Arrests of Mexicans Fall to an All-Time Low

In 2014, according to the Pew Research Center, 229,000 Mexican nationals were apprehended by the US Border Patrol while 257,000 non-Mexicans were apprehended. This is the first year more non-Mexicans were apprehended than Mexicans and also the first year since 1970 that Mexican apprehensions were so low. The number of Mexicans apprehended along the border peaked in 2000 at 1.6 million and has declined steeply since the Great Recession. Meanwhile, more unauthorized immigrants from Central America, Asia, and the Caribbean have attempted to come to the United States with apprehensions of migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador seeing the biggest increase. Although unauthorized immigration appears to be on the decline and border security has intensified in recent years, Pew finds that Americans are increasingly concerned about the US-Mexico border. In 2013, 25% of Americans felt that we should emphasize border security when dealing with unauthorized immigration while 33% said so in 2014. This could be due to increased media tension surrounding unaccompanied minors from Central America who crossed the border over the summer or the midterm elections. However, it's clear that unauthorized immigration is on the decline.

 

"U.S. Border Apprehensions of Mexicans Fall to Historic Lows," Jens Manuel Krogstad and Jeffrey S Passel. Pew Research Center.

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