Central American minors and members of their families keep making their way toward the U.S. border despite President Donald Trump’s moves to stop caravans, USA Today is reporting.
According to data released by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection, agents apprehended 27,518 members of family units in December – the highest monthly total on record.
In all, more than 60,000 migrants were either detained at U.S. ports of entry or taken into custody along the border for the third straight month.
Still, the number is a marked decrease from earlier in the 2000s when border patrol agents regularly arrested more than 100,000 migrants a month, the newspaper noted. On two occasions they made more than 200,000 arrests a month.
USA Today pointed out that Democrats have accused President Donald Trump of using the caravans as a political tool in trying to get funding to build a wall on the southern border.
Meanwhile, another caravan, estimated at up to 15,000 people, is reportedly set to depart from Honduras in mid-January.
“They say they are even bigger and stronger than the last caravan,” said Irma Garrido of Reactiva Tijuana Foundation, which advocates for migrants.