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U.S. Apprehends More Migrants Who Live Outside Mexico Than Live In Border Country

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In a dramatic shift, more migrants from countries outside of Mexico were captured crossing into the U.S., which hasn’t been seen for at least two decades, the New York Times reports. 

The annual figures published by Homeland Security show a 15% rise in total apprehensions in the 2014 fiscal year, with a total of 486,651 caught. More than 250,000 of them were not Mexican, a 68% spike over the previous year.

The increase was fueled by the surge last summer of migrants from Central America.

While Mexicans continue to cross the border more than others, the apprehension of 229,178 people last year represents a 14% decline this year.

The report also found that ICE is handling fewer deportations.

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Border Patrol Apprehensions Rise 13% But Remain Historically Low

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol apprehensions have increased 13% in the first six months of the fiscal year, the USA Today reports.

The increase over last year, however, doesn’t mean the border is incredibly busy. In fact, the number of apprehensions – 189,172 – is still near historic lows.

Does this mean the U.S. is on the verge of massive migration levels?

“No,” said Michelle Mittelstadt, communications director for the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C., think tank that studies worldwide migration causes and trends.

“The demographics (in Mexico) have changed: Fertility rates have dropped, there are fewer people of young age who are the likeliest to migrate, the economy is improving, educational attainment is improving.”