Washington: A growing number of migrants from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean are trying to cross the border between Mexico and the US. Central America and Mexico continue to lead the flow of migration but the US is currently the largest recipient of immigrants from Asia, Africa, Cuba and Haiti, according to a study by the International Organization for Migration, the Efe news reported on Saturday.
US Border Patrol sources have also confirmed the findings from the UN agency. More than 1,000 Haitians have been arrested in the Del Rio Sector in Texas since June 10, compared to 17 that were arrested before that date during this fiscal year.
“Our agents are seeing an increase in the entry of Haitian citizens into the country illegally, which represents new challenges that we face,” Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz said. On the same dates, Border Patrol officers in the sector detained more than 500 Africans who were walking in different groups after crossing the Rio Grande river with children. The figure is more than double the total of 211 African immigrants who were detained along the 3,200 km (2,000 miles) of the US-Mexico border during the 2018 fiscal year. (IANS)