The apprehension of families and unaccompanied alien minors along the U.S.-Mexico border increased substantially in June. During that same period, the total apprehension of illegal aliens increased by 10 percent.
Although the total number of apprehensions have increased, they remain at historic lows.
The latest report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed that arrests of Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) in June were up 47 percent from May numbers, with Border Patrol agents apprehending 2,322 FMUAs in June compared to 1,580 in May.
In June, agents arrested 1,961 alien minors compared to 1,480 during the previous month, an increase of 32.5 percent.
Breitbart News reported that “Fiscal year comparisons show different changes between the two categories tracked by CBP. The apprehension of UACs (Unaccompanied Alien Children) between October 2016 and June 2017 fell by 24 percent (43,200 in FY 2016, 33,036 in FY 2017). However, the arrest of FMUAs increased during that same period (51,143 in FY 2016, 63,411 in FY 2017).”
The fiscal year-to-date numbers are higher due to the surge of apprehensions which occurred during October and November when illegal aliens attempted to cross the border in advance of the 2016 presidential election.
The highest percentage of FMUAs apprehended are from El Salvador, with Border Patrol agents arresting 21,950 Salvadoran families so far this year. Guatemalans (18,957) represent the second-highest percentage, followed by Hondurans (18,677) and Mexicans (1,846).
The largest number of alien minors apprehended by Border Patrol agents came from Guatemala (11,176) followed by El Salvador (8,228), Mexico (6,576), and Honduras (6,523).
The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector continues to lead sectors along the U.S.-Mexico border in rates of apprehension.
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