STATES CHRONICLE – When thousands of unaccompanied children are crossing the border between Mexico and the U.S. authorities are in full alert.
Last month about 5,000 immigrant children tried to illegally cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. What is more alarming is that they were doing so unaccompanied. According to U.S. Customs, the number has doubled since October 2014.
However, there were also cases when family members tried to cross together and these have also increased in number from last year. In October 2014 about 2,162 family members tried to cross the borders whereas in 2015 the number has tripled and it now reached 6,029.
The numbers have increased dramatically despite the fact that authorities were expecting a lower number of immigrants from Mexico due to efforts of better enforcement from both sides of the border and due to the announced colder winter we are expecting.
The records of illegal immigrants were started in 2009 and are registering this year the highest number of unaccompanied children caught at the border, which is exactly 4, 973. Throughout the air, more precisely from spring up until now, the flow of immigrants has been almost constant, with over 4,000 people every month.
Now, don’t think immigrants are coming only from Mexico. Most of them are actually coming from other Latin countries, usually the ones that are having political or economic problems. For example, this October most of the immigrants were from El Salvador. Authorities believe this is because of the increased violence in that country, where an average of 30 murders are said to be happening every day. Before El Salvador, Guatemala was the country most immigrants were coming from.
Most of the immigrants are trying to cross the border in Texas, through the Rio Grande Valley. However, some of them are starting to move farther west in their attempt to enter the U.S. Homeland Security Department stated that most families told Customs officials that the ones deciding on the place of crossing were the smugglers.
An illegal immigrant pays around $5,000 to a smuggler to get them on the other side of the border. This is the price for crossing in the Rio Grande Valley. However, for crossing near Ciudad Acuna the price is lower, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.
Despite the fact that the flow of immigrants is very high and doesn’t show signs of diminishing, U.S. authorities are trying to keep them at bay. They do this through media campaigns that are meant to discourage people from starting such a dangerous journey. Besides, all of those who try to illegally come to the U.S. are going to be immediately sent back.
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