Latest report from border patrol reinforces several trends that have been apparent for a while.
- More families with unaccompanied children. Now accounting for 60% of the apprehensions.
- More from northern triangle countries (Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador), accounting for 70% of apprehensions.
- Increases both in large groups of 100+ as well as in some more remote locations.
The number of families crossing into the United States is driving the largest number apprehensions at the southern border since 2005.
I am sure there will be some who suggest this is additional motivation to build more fencing. However, somehow this seems like an incomplete solution for people who aren’t necessarily “sneaking in” but instead coming in large groups to be apprehended and requesting asylum.
The other thing this seems to suggest is when a “metering” policy gets instituted allowing only a small number (e.g. 20) people per day to claim asylum – an alternate mechanism will arise – such as busing large groups to more remote border points where there isn’t such metering. It seems folly to think there won’t be other adjustments made when something else is instituted.