The final figures are in, and the number of unaccompanied children and families with children who arrived illegally in Texas in the summer of 2015 was down 42% over last summer, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
U.S. Rep Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo), whose district includes much of the area where the flood of mainly Central American refugees arrived in Texas last summer, says he is happy to see that the overall numbers were down, but there are two things that concern him.
“First, there has been a recent spike in the number of immigrant children and families caught crossing over illegally in September, almost 10,000 were derained, an unseasonably high number,” he said.
Cuellar says the number of children sneaking into Texas remains unreasonably high.
“The latest U.S. Border Patrol data shows that while the number of apprehensions of unaccompanied children and families along the border has fallen, 39,970 unaccompanied children were still apprehended over the last year, and 39,838 parents with children remain detained.”
Cuellar gives much of the credit to the Mexican government for stopping the flood of Central American immigrants into Texas, by beefing up security along its border with Guatemala, and making it more difficult for people to climb on top of ‘the Beast,’ the north south freight train which carried many immigrants from Southern Mexico to the U.S. border in 2014.