In a dramatic shift, more migrants from countries outside of Mexico were captured crossing into the U.S., which hasn’t been seen for at least two decades, the New York Times reports.
The annual figures published by Homeland Security show a 15% rise in total apprehensions in the 2014 fiscal year, with a total of 486,651 caught. More than 250,000 of them were not Mexican, a 68% spike over the previous year.
The increase was fueled by the surge last summer of migrants from Central America.
While Mexicans continue to cross the border more than others, the apprehension of 229,178 people last year represents a 14% decline this year.
The report also found that ICE is handling fewer deportations.
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