Border Patrol Sees Increase in Number of Migrants Being Detained at Mexico Border

LA TIMES — Apprehensions of undocumented migrants at the Mexican border increased last month after dipping during the winter, immigration authorities said, and they’re expected to continue climbing this summer.

Last month, 33,335 people were caught crossing the southern border illegally, 7,259 more than in February, a 28% increase, the Border Patrol said.

Of those, 4,452 were members of families traveling together, 46% more than the month before. Another 4,240 were unaccompanied youth, 37% more than the previous month.

The number of family members caught crossing illegally has nearly tripled compared with this time last year, and the number of unaccompanied children has almost doubled, the figures show.

The figures are substantially higher than in 2014, when an influx of families and children at the border prompted a slew of emergency measures, including expanded processing, detention, shelter and court services. That year, more than 68,500 unaccompanied children and about the same number of family members were caught crossing illegally.

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