A total of 35,234 nonwhites—including more than 10,000 “unaccompanied minors”— from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico have successfully invaded the United States from Mexico during the months of October and November 2015.
According to official figures released by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CPB), there have been 10,588 “apprehensions” of “unaccompanied minors” over the two months, a 106 percent increase over the same period from the previous year.
“Apprehensions” of family units (which the CBP defines as legal guardians with children under 18), have proliferated too, with 12,505 detentions in those two months, representing a 173 percent increase over the previous year.
The total number of “apprehensions” recorded by the CPB for the entire Southwest border region was 35,234. Some 23,238 crossed in the Rio Grande Valley—the southernmost tip of South Texas—alone, the CPB said.
The CPB said that the unexpected flow was so big that the Office of Refugee Resettlement “has begun a process to expand its temporary capacity to house unaccompanied children.”
The CPB went on to say that as they had “highlighted over the last few months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have noted an increase in the number of unaccompanied children (UAC) and family units apprehended along the southwest border.
“The Office of Refugee Resettlement at HHS increased the capacity of current providers from 7,900 to 8,400 beds in November and is preparing for temporary bed space in the event that additional beds may be needed.”
The illegal “unaccompanied minors” stay in temporary housing until the Department of Homeland Security locates a relative within the US to whom they can be “released safely.”
According to the Pew Research Center’s latest “FACTANK” feature on illegal immigration in the US, there were 11.3 million illegal immigrants in the US in 2014. Of that number, 5.6 million are Mexicans.
Furthermore, Pew said, six states alone account for 60 percent of illegal immigrants—California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.
About 7 percent of K–12 students had at least one illegal immigrant parent in 2012. Among these students, about eight in ten (79 percent) were born in the United States.