LIFEZETTE — The flow of Central American migrants to the U.S.-Mexican border has turned into a gusher in recent months, raising the possibility that the total by the end of the fiscal year in September could match the record set in 2014.
“People in Central America can’t really be sure who’s going to be the next president, and they’re hedging their bets,” said Ira Mehlman.
That year, a summer surge of unaccompanied children overwhelmed the U.S. immigration system and sparked a fight between the Obama administration and border hawks in Congress. New data from U.S. Border and Customs Protection shows that agents apprehended 38,135 illegal immigrants, the highest total this year and the most since July 2014.
For the fiscal year, 223,899 people have been apprehended, putting it well ahead of last year’s pace. The 32,952 children younger than 18 who have been taken into custody is also well ahead of the pace set in fiscal year 2015, when 39,970 children came. If the numbers bulge again in the summer as they did in fiscal year 2014, it could set an all-time record.