Each year, the U.S. government has had to deal with a slew of immigration issues. There are a variety of concerns that U.S. government immigration agencies and undocumented immigrants are concerned with, one of them being incidents of border crossings. More often than not, immigrants who attempt to cross over into U.S. territory come from Central American countries. Immigrants who hail from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras account for a huge chunk of cases that are related to border crossings. A considerable amount of these cases involve minors who are often unaccompanied by their parents. These children are left with human smugglers as they try to enter the United States. The parents of these minors pay an exorbitant fee to have their children smuggled into U.S. territory. The annual tide of undocumented immigrant minors making border crossings is an issue that U.S. Homeland security has had to contend with for years. This year, however, the incidents of border crossings involving undocumented immigrant minors have decreased by a considerable margin.
During previous years, a spike of border crossings involving undocumented immigrant children was something that U.S. border patrol agents have had to deal with. An exponential drop in these cases for this year has been reported by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. While there are still cases that involve unaccompanied minors attempting to cross over into the U.S., the number of incidents pale in comparison to the figures that were reported in 2013 and 2014.
As of April 2015, there have been a total of 3,272 unaccompanied minors who have been caught in the attempt to cross over into U.S. territory. This statistic is a stark departure from the incidents that were recorded during the previous 2 years. In 2014 alone, 7,700 children were apprehended by U.S. border patrol agents along the country’s southwest border. A comparison between the figures reported in 2014 and the figures that were recorded this year yields a decrease of more than 50% in incidents involving attempted border crossings made by undocumented immigrant minors.
The numbers that are coming up seem to point towards the fact that the measures that are being implemented by President Obama’s administration are relatively effective when it comes to discouraging undocumented immigrants from attempting border crossings. One of the measures that the current administration has used to discourage immigrants from taking on such a risky strategy involves a public relations campaign that is broadcast in Central America. This tactic seems to be effective when it comes to dissuading immigrants from paying smugglers to transport their children into U.S. territory.
Cases involving the complexities of immigration law require the knowledge of a capable team of lawyers. If you or someone you know needs legal counsel regarding immigration issues such as border crossing incidents, please contact the immigration attorneys at Lyttle Law Firm in Austin, Texas by visiting our website or calling us today at 512-215-5225.