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More Europeans and Asians detained at U.S. Southern Border than Mexicans

July 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
More Europeans and Asians detained at U.S. Southern Border than Mexicans

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Mexico’s permeable border that it shares with the U.S. has begun to attract people from Europe and Asia as a means to enter the United States, as fewer Mexicans are being detained by Border Patrol.

Thousands of illegal migrants from countries such as China, India, and Romania have tried to enter the U.S. illegally through the Mexican border in the first six months of this year.

Although the numbers are still overshadowed by the tens of thousands of undocumented migrants entering the United States from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, it does present a cause for concern, as nearly 1,500 Chinese migrants were arrested at the border between January-June of 2016, compared to 48 who were caught at the border in 2015.

Immigrants from all over the world are reportedly pulled in by the increasingly savvy network of human smugglers working in Mexico who, for a hefty amount of money, will provide safe passage to the states.

Border Patrol spokeswoman, Wendi Lee, told the L.A Times about migrants from China: “We’re talking anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 per person. The farther you travel … the more arrangements these criminal organizations have to make, the more expensive it will get.”

The migrant crisis in Europe, along with the U.K.’s choice to split from the European Union, may be prompting a new group of migrants to travel to Mexico in efforts to cross the border.

Over 1,000 Romanian citizens have been arrested at the border this year. Officials have also reported that a number of Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees have been caught traveling on stolen Greek passports.

Out the 264,165 people arrested by border patrol agents so far in 2016, slightly less than half were Mexican, followed by Central America’s “Northern Triangle.”

Border Patrol data also strangely reported that 6 Canadians were caught illegally trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

The amount of Mexican migrants caught at the border has declined by 42 percent in the last two years, with 226,771 in 2014 to 131,138 in 2015

Social and economic advancements seem to be the underlying cause of the drop in Mexican migrants trying to cross the border, with Mexico’s economy building, and their own approach to migrants has shifted vastly in the past few years. Because of mounting pressure from the U.S. government, Mexico now deports myriads of Central American migrants attempting to cross the country to reach the U.S. each year.

Javier Urbano, a faculty member of Mexico City’s Ibero-American University, told Fox News Latino in an interview: “Mexico didn’t just create a policy of giving law enforcement more money to stop migrants. It gives off a message to everyone that you shouldn’t migrate.”

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