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Mexicans are no longer the predominant population of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border

Those seeking to reach the United States come from more than 100 countries, including more than 41% from outside Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America.

As hundreds of migrants line up along an Arizona border wall around 4 a.m., officers attempt to separate them into groups by nationality.

“Someone from Russia or Bangladesh?” I need someone else from Russia here,” an agent shouts, then says calmly, almost to himself, “They’re Romanians.

It’s a routine task for Border Patrol in the wee hours of the morning in this flat stretch of desert where the wall ends. Migrants from at least 115 countries have been arrested here in the past year, but that’s perhaps less striking than what’s missing: Mexicans are virtually absent.

Instead, families from Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, India and dozens of other countries arrive in Yuma after wading knee-deep in the Colorado River. Their presence reflects how a pandemic-era ruler still shapes the journeys of many migrants, even though much of the United States has transitioned from COVID-19.

The demographic shift marks a dramatic change from the recent past, when migrants came mainly from Mexico and the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. That’s especially clear at some of the busiest crossings, like Yuma and Eagle Pass, Texas, near where several people have died in recent days trying to cross the Rio Grande.

Mexicans are still crossing elsewhere but often try to evade capture as they are subject to deportation under a pandemic rule that denies them the chance to seek asylum.

Mexicans still make up 7 out of 10 encounters in the Tucson, Arizona, area where smugglers order them to march at night with black-painted water jugs, camouflaged backpacks and carpeted-soled boots to avoid leaving traces in the sand, said John Modlin, the area manager.

“The incredibly different story of two borders, even though they’re in the same state,” Mr Modlin said.

Migrants who are not from Mexico and the Northern Triangle accounted for 41% of border stops from October to July, up from just 12% three years earlier, according to government data.

In Yuma, they wear sandals and carry shopping bags full of belongings on their shoulders. Some carry toddlers. Migrants typically walk a short distance through tribal lands and surrender to officers, expecting to be released to continue their immigration cases.

Meanwhile, Mexicans made up 35% of all border encounters from October to July, more than three years ago but well below the 85% reported in 2011 and 95% at the turn of the century.

Source: OEM

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