Monday, December 26, 2016

Central Americans Surge at Border Before Trump Takes Over

Migrants from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala push north in anticipation of new administration’s tougher border measures
Central Americans are crossing illegally into the U.S. at the fastest rate in years, many of them hoping to sneak in before Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration and the heightened border-security measures he has promised.
The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended 47,214 migrants along the southwest U.S. border in November, an increase of 44% compared with November 2015. It was the Border Patrol’s busiest month since June of 2014, when illegal entries from Central America were cresting.
Over the past six months, Border Patrol agents have caught nearly 240,000 migrants, an average of more than 1,300 a day—30% more than the same period a year earlier.
“Right now we’re trending toward 2014 numbers, which was our high-water mark,” said José Villareal, chief of operations for the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector and a 31-year veteran of the agency. ...
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