Thousands of Illegal Minors Still Crossing Border

The Department of Homeland Security reports over 2,000 unaccompanied illegal alien minors are still caught crossing the border every month.

While these numbers are lower than the infamous 2014 “surge”, they still represent higher totals than in the past.

For the most part, these illegal arrivals are simply released and end up joining the millions of illegals already in the United States.

While taking custody of roughly 2,000 illegal alien juveniles per month since the start of the 2015 fiscal year last October, ICE reports removing well under 200 juveniles per month. The largest number of these (41 percent) were sent home to Mexico.

The majority of illegal alien juveniles taken into ICE custody are ultimately released to family members in the United States, and only a small number are ever repatriated. About 90 percent of the recent Central American arrivals who had hearings scheduled last summer and fall failed to appear at their immigration hearings and have melted into the larger illegal alien population.

While the majority of the illegals are from Mexico or Central America,

ICE has taken custody of illegal alien juveniles from 27 different countries this year. Nearly 90 percent were from four Central American countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, in that order); half were from Guatemala alone. The rest were from Armenia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, India, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Nearly 70% of those caught are males, most between 13 and 17 years old.