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For First Time, More Non-Mexicans Apprehended at U.S.-Mexico Border

Image: United States Border Patrol works to secure the United States border with Mexico along the Rio Grande river.
File photo of U.S. Border Patrol agents searching a person suspected of crossing the Rio Grande River to enter the United States illegally near McAllen, Texas, March 19. LARRY W. SMITH / EPA file

More non-Mexicans than Mexicans were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2014 - a historic first according to more than 60 years of Border Patrol data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.

According to the report, 229,000 Mexicans were apprehended at the border in 2014, compared to 259,000 non-Mexicans. While border apprehensions were up 16 percent over 2013- primarily due to the surge of Central American children crossing earlier this year - the numbers are far lower than the 809,000 Mexican apprehensions in 2007 and 1.6 million in 2000.

The figures are yet another indicator of the decline in migration from Mexico following the Great Recession. At the same time, undocumented immigrants from Mexico currently in the U.S. have been in the country for a median of 13 years, reflecting the large migration patterns of the past decades.


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