New Surge of Illegal Migrants Crossing the Texas-Mexico Border

New Surge of Illegal Migrants Crossing the Texas-Mexico Border

New Surge of Illegal Migrants Crossing the Texas-Mexico Border

Rio Grande Valley shelters are filling up amid a new surge of undocumented immigrant children, most fleeing violence from Central American countries, immigration attorneys said.

Since Oct. 1, U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended 4,973 undocumented immigrant children along the Southwest border, 3,036 in the Rio GrandeValley area, Border Patrol statistics show.

The numbers soared from October 2014, when 2,519 undocumented immigrant children were apprehended along the Southwest, with 1,547 in the Valley.

“We are closely monitoring current trends and coordinating across the whole of government to ensure an effective response to any changes in migration flows,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

“We are diligently working to secure our borders, address underlying causes and deter future increases in unauthorized migration while ensuring that those with legitimate humanitarian claims are afforded the opportunity to seek protection.”

Officials are working on “public awareness campaigns” to warn people in Central America and Mexico of the dangers of journeying to the U.S. border, the statement said.

Undocumented immigrants “attempting to come here illegally are a top priority for removal,” it said.

“We are aware that smugglers often use misinformation about current immigration policies and practices to lure individuals seeking to cross the border to employ their services.”

The surge comes more than a year after tens of thousands of Central American refugees crossed the border during 2014.

 

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