Pew Report: 75% of Illegals from Mexico Repeat Offenders; 97% Teenagers

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Tony Lee
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6 August 2014
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National News
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Three in four illegal immigrant juveniles from Mexico who are apprehended at the border are repeat offenders.

According to a Pew Research Center report, which was based on "analysis of Mexican government data obtained from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs," there have been over 11,000 illegal immigrant juveniles from Mexico who have been apprehended from October of last year to May 31. The report found that 76% of them were caught for at least the second time and a whopping 15% of the juveniles "had been apprehended at least six times" before trying to cross the border. About 97% of illegal immigrant juveniles "apprehended from Mexico this fiscal year were teenagers, compared with 80% from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala."

Because of "these multiple apprehensions, the total number of Mexican children caught at the border is lower than apprehension statistics show." In addition, "the lack of fingerprinting by Mexican authorities makes it difficult to estimate an actual number of children crossing the border," according to Pew...