Families are Crossing Southern U.S. Border in Record Numbers
Recently, more immigrants that are coming across the Southern U.S. border have travelled from countries in Central America, like Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador, while undocumented immigrants from Mexico remain the largest group. These migrants often claim asylum because of political turmoil in their home countries. Family units have been travelling as part of larger groups of up to 100 people, which have been branded as “migrant caravans” by different media outlets. Customs and Border Protection said they had apprehended groups of 100 or more people on several occasions since October on the U.S.-Mexico border.
This chart shows the number of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the Southern U.S. border, overall and by people arrested with their family.