We’ve noted here on occasion that not all migrants coming up through Mexico to our southern border are originally from Central America. Increasingly, would-be asylees from such African countries as Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Angola are being apprehended by the Border Patrol as well.
On Wednesday of this week, for example, a group of 34 African migrants crossed the border illegally near Eagle Pass, Texas, in the largely unsecured Del Rio sector. On May 30, 117 African migrants were apprehended while coming across into that same Del Rio sector. At that time, that was the largest single group of African illegal border crossers yet to be arrested.
Other groups have been apprehended in the past few days as well, so that in less than a week, a total of 500 Africans have been taken into custody while illegally crossing the border. To date this fiscal year, which began in October 2018, more than 33,000 illegals have been apprehended in the Del Rio sector, more than double the total number of arrests made during the entirety of the previous year. More than 80 percent of those were from countries other than Mexico.
Although African migrants occasionally come by boat from Haiti and other sites in the Caribbean, most migrants from African countries typically fly into Ecuador, which requires no visa, then, with the aid of professional smugglers, make their way up through northern South America and Central America toward the U.S.
The Gallup World Survey reported last year that fully one-third of adults in sub-Saharan Africa want to migrate permanently, with the United States being their overwhelming first choice.
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