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Migration of Central American Minors to U.S. Increased in 2016

LADB Article ID: 80232
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-03-08
By: Carlos Navarro

Officials in Mexican states continued to see a steady stream of Central American minors traveling through Mexico on their way to the US in 2016, although tougher immigration regulations enacted by US President Donald Trump’s administration might begin to deter the flow children and youth arriving in the US primarily from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. According to a report released by Mexico’s population agency (Consejo Nacional de Población, CONAPO) in late January, 54,000 unaccompanied undocumented minors were detained at the border between October 2015 and August 2016, compared with 40,000 the previous October-August period. The lower figure for the previous year had been attributed to a crackdown on the Mexican side. While the statistics through the summer of 2016 represented a slight year-over-year increase, the numbers fell short of the 68,000 minors who were detained at the border in 2014. The CONAPO report, which obtained the statistics from the US Border Patrol, acknowledged that measures enacted in Mexico to contain and deter unaccompanied minors traveling to the US have failed.

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