Where are undocumented immigrants coming from?

In an earlier post, I pointed out how, at the start of this century, the vast majority of undocumented immigrants came from Mexico.

But in recent years, there's been a historic change at the border.

A majority of the migrants apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in fiscal year 2018 came from Central America rather than Mexico.

It's a trend that began two years earlier, in 2016, the first year in Border Patrol history when a majority of the undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border were non-Mexican.

Most came from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

In addition, unlike the immigrants who came here from Mexico looking for work, most of the Central American immigrants say they came to escape violence and gangs in their home countries. That's why we're now seeing so many families and children coming to the border seeking asylum.

Still, overall border apprehensions have dropped dramatically from an all-time high of nearly 1.7 million in 2000 to around 500,000 last year, while illegal entries made by Mexicans have declined by more than 90 percent since then.

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