Border & Immigration

Cubans Flood Texas Ports After Thaw In Relations

Sep 10, 2015
Spencer Selvidge / Texas Tribune

Call it another immigration surge of the United States’ own making. But unlike last summer’s crisis of children and families arriving from Central America, lawmakers aren’t quick to call on this current group of refugees to go home.

From October 2014 to June 2015, about 18,520 Cubans have sought entry to the United States through Texas’ Laredo field office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes ports from Del Rio to Brownsville. That’s compared to the 18,240 unaccompanied minors that were caught or surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley from October 2014 through July of this year, according to CBP statistics. 

As summer ends, it's becoming clear that we won't see a repeat of last year's "border surge" of Central American minors seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border.

That surge captivated headlines, clogged immigration courts, and caused President Obama to declare a border crisis last year.

But this year is different, according to researchers at the DC-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI).

"The numbers have declined almost as sharply in 2015 as they surged in 2014," said Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Director of MPI's Immigration Policy Program.

Migration Policy Institute

While GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump is touting his plan for a massive border wall that would bear his name and stretch the entire two-thousand mile border from Brownsville to San Diego, new numbers are coming to light that show that illegal immigration continues to be on the decline.

The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute released "An Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States by Country and Region of Birth."

Houston Public Media

This week on Fronteras: 

--Help to reduce the soaring Hispanic high school dropout rate.  How an after school program in San Diego guides children of immigrants to college with great success.

--In San Antonio, a new school opens to help another set of students who need it… boys.

--Prairie View honors Sandra Bland, the young woman found hanged in the Waller County Jail, with a street in her name.

--San Diego County launches a disaster app for Spanish speakers so they easily can get information on emergencies such as fires and earthquakes.

As immigration emerges as a top issue on the presidential campaign trail, all this week Here & Now is looking at the U.S. immigration system. So often, the debate over immigration centers on those who are here illegally. But the majority of immigrants to the United States come legally. More often than not, it’s a complicated process that can take many years.

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