Jun 3, 2013

Who’s crossing the Mexico border? A new survey tries to find out.

Washington Post
By Brad Plumer
June 2, 2013

Last year, the Border Patrol caught about 356,000 immigrants trying to cross illegally at the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s thought to be about half of all attempts.

It also isn’t much of a deterrent. About 43 percent of those detained say they’ll try to cross again in the near future — often because they’re trying to get back to a job or family members waiting for them in the United States.

That’s one upshot of a big new survey (pdf) from the National Center for Border Security and Immigration at the University of Arizona. The researchers interviewed more than 1,000 detainees at the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector in 2012.  Read more. 

1 comment:

  1. ...a moment out for a look back at the 'good old days': In the 1960's Tijuana was safe by day and night.It was the exotic weekend get-away for thousands of young adults - mostly couples from Los Angeles. (The time of Herb Alpert's "Tijuana Brass" and Javier Solis!) It had an exotic image for Californians - since the 1930's when the Hollywood crowd frequented its bars and Rita Hayworth (from New York) began her career as "Spanish dancer" (serious folklore). But in the 1960's Los Angeles had already become dangerous with hold-ups and the socio-pathological excesses of the hippies (Manson&gang). But the entire border from the Gulf to the Pacific was calm. As late as the early 1980's, a Texas newspaper quoted: "A Mexican who had been apprehended by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, told that agent: 'If you send me back now, I don't even have anything to buy something to eat!' Reply by the U.S. Border Patrol Agent: "Here, I lend you five dollars: You can give them back to me the next time!".