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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Illegal Iimmigration Shifts To Texas

WASHINGTON -- Illegal immigration along the Southwest border has shifted to the east in recent years, with Texas seeing a rise in apprehensions while numbers in all the other border states have fallen sharply.

The number of people caught crossing the border illegally in Texas rose from 125,000 in fiscal 2009 to 225,548 as of Sept. 19 - just two weeks before the end of fiscal 2013. That represented an 80.4 percent increase over the five-year period.

By comparison, there were steep declines on the rest of the border, with Border Patrol sectors covering Arizona, New Mexico and California reporting 238,141 fewer apprehensions, a 57.2 percent drop over those years, according to Border Patrol statistics.

Tougher law enforcement in Arizona, a strong Texas economy and a greater number of Central American immigrants choosing the safer and "relatively closer route" through Texas could be driving the shift, experts said.

Mexicans still make up more than half of illegal-entry apprehensions, but their numbers have been shrinking, said Michelle Mittelstadt, communication director for the Migration Policy Institute. As increasing numbers of Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Hondurans try to cross the border, she said, coming through Texas would be a geographically more logical choice. ... Read More at KTAR -Voice of Arizona

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