While going through the latest border numbers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), I found something alarming.
- Even though the U.S.-Mexico border is effectively closed, with U.S. authorities expelling nearly all Mexicans and Central Americans right back into Mexico, apprehensions of migrants jumped from April to May.
- The increase in migration is entirely single adults, mostly from Mexico.
- For the most part, single adults are not seeking asylum. Instead of trying to be apprehended, they’re trying to evade Border Patrol.
- “Trying to evade” means migrating through some of the most dangerous parts of the border area, where a lot of migrants die of dehydration and exposure.
- The numbers of single adults are rising just as we hit the hottest and deadliest months of the summer in the borderlands’ deserts.
I wrote this up as a brief, graphical analysis on WOLA’s website. Look at the overlap between the border sectors seeing the most single adult migrants, and the sectors that have been deadliest since 1998. People are going to die.