Despite the public outcry about immigrants coming across the southern border of the United States from Central American countries, the United States Border Patrol has reported that the number of children and families from that region that they have been apprehending over the last few months has been decreasing. According to their internal data, the Border Patrol has recorded 60 percent fewer apprehensions of Central American migrants since the beginning of summer.
The reports have prompted speculation about what might be the reason for the lower numbers.
There are several factors that likely have been contributing to fewer migrants trying to cross the harsh Mexican desert into the United States, one of which is the weather. Storms and heavy rains have been pummeling the migrant route for the better part of the last 3 months which has discouraged many from braving the already challenging environment. Also, many of the countries in Central America have launched media campaigns that have dispelled the rumors that children who cross the border into the US are inevitably allowed to stay.
Many say that the most significant factor, however, is the increased security along the border. According to many Central American migrants who have spoken with media, the increased presence of both American and Mexican border officials has deterred them from attempting to get into the country.
The US Border Patrol has beefed up its security efforts in recent months in the wake of the influx of children from Central American countries crossing the US-Mexico border without adult accompaniment. Central American families have also apparently weighed the risks involved in crossing the border and coming into the US illegally, with many of them trying to find refuge in Mexico instead, but not wanting to risk getting to the United States only to be sent back to countries like Honduras where they believe they will be killed if they return.