November 8, 2018

The total number of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border is near its lowest level in decades. In September, the Border Patrol arrested more people traveling as families or unaccompanied children, than as single adults. The numbers for the entire FY year, to date, shows an increase in families and children. Many Central Americans surrender themselves as asylum seekers and don’t attempt to cross the border illegally. Individuals seeking asylum have doubled in three years and in 2017, 43 percent were from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala combined. Even though immigration court fillings are slightly down, the court’s backlog keeps rising. Fewer people are granted asylum. Overall, asylum seekers represent a small portion of immigration in the U.S.