News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Central American migrants met with hurdles in Mexico

The Associated Press

ARRIAGA, Mexico - For thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America, the long journey to the U.S. starts here, on the groaning back of a freight train they call The Beast.

These days many don't get far.

Central Americans without documents face increased security within Mexico, including checks on the train for stowaways. It's also harder for them to head north once they cross into Mexico because of hurricane damage to the train tracks.

The result: The number of non-Mexican illegal immigrants stopped by the U.S. Border Patrol has dropped almost 60 percent from 2005.

About 68,000 non-Mexican immigrants - mostly Central Americans - were detained last year, compared to 165,000 in 2005.

Non-Mexicans make up about 10 percent of all immigrants caught by Border Patrol agents.

Mexico itself is also seeing fewer illegal immigrants; 120,000 were arrested last year, a 50 percent drop from 2005.

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