While the recent surge of unaccompanied minors and migrant families from Central America has dominated the headlines, the fact is that Mexicans continue to account for the largest number of unauthorized crossings.
According to a March 15 Pew Research Center study, 42% of those apprehended at the southern border in February, were people of Mexican origin. That’s 13% more Mexicans than those who were coming over in May 2019, at the height of the previous surge. The combined number of migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras accounted for 46% of apprehensions in February, down from 78% in May 2019.
“While the number of monthly apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border is approaching the levels of two years ago, the profile of those being apprehended is very different,” said the Pew study titled “Migrant apprehensions at U.S.-Mexico border are surging again.”