Interesting news continues to pour out of the Southwestern U.S., as individuals seeking a better life, and potentially American citizenship, continue to cross the border into the country. While the phenomenon of undocumented immigrant children entering the U.S. seemed to come to a peak last year in 2014, it is occurring again in smaller numbers now, according to multiple sources. The Washington Times has reported that more than 3,000 unaccompanied immigrant children have entered the Southwestern U.S. in the last month alone, and that number shows no signs of slowing down.
“More than 3,000 immigrant children entered the U.S. last month.”
While the rapid entrance of undocumented immigrants into the U.S. is not exclusively comprised of unaccompanied children, they are certainly the single largest demographic. Breitbart has reported that in the six-month period between October 2014 and the end of March 2015, more than 15,640 such children crossed the Mexican border into the country. While this number is not nearly as drastic as last year’s immigration surge – in which nearly 70,000 unaccompanied minors entered the country in one year – it’s still large enough to overwhelm temporary detainment centers.
This influx of unaccompanied immigrant minors couldn’t come at a time when the country was more divided over immigration practices. While president Barack Obama is using his executive power to attempt comprehensive reform of our immigration system, high-ranking officials from many states are desperately trying to block him. As of yet, it remains impossible to know how the situation will be handled, or whether it will be fully resolved before Obama’s final term ends. With that said, the Southwestern U.S. appears ready to brace itself for an immigration spurt not unlike that of 2014.