Surge Of Undocumented Minors Closer To Home

Dec 27, 2015
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This week on Fronteras we look at some of the many ways families in our southwest border states are celebrating the season.  Families separated by the border reunite.  A Slovakian wife and her Hispanic husband blend their cultures.  A Baltimore transplant tries tamales for the first time.  Musician Jose Feliciano shares the story behind his famous Christmas carol, Feliz Navidad.  And high school students in Allen, Texas pack their bags for the Rose Bowl parade.   

In 2015, the United States' Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported fewer people than it has since 2006.

According to new numbers released by the Department of Homeland Security, 235,413 people were deported by ICE in fiscal year 2015. According to the AP, that's the lowest number recorded by the Obama administration and the lowest number deported since George W. Bush was president.

The number of migrants and refugees who have arrived in Europe over the past year has topped 1 million, marking the highest migration flow since World War II.

In its latest report, the International Organization for Migration also lays out some grim statistics: The number of refugees and migrants who die on their journey is rising — 3,692 so far — and many of them are young children.

Stressing that his administration has "been at this for a long time," President Obama launched a forceful defense of his strategy against ISIS in a year-end interview with NPR. He makes "no apologies," he said, for wanting to target terror groups "appropriately and in a way that is consistent with American values."