YUMA,Ariz. – The statistics for August 2015 apprehensions by Yuma Border Patrol show a huge spike in numbers when compared to August 2014. Border Patrol says, last month they saw a 130 percent increase in the number of families stopped, as well as a 170% increase in the number of unaccompanied children.
Most of the those caught were from Guatemala followed by Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico respectively. Agents say to try and combat the recent spike they launched a campaign called “Conozca los hechos”. The 30 second radio and TV ads warn people of the dangers of crossing.
The White House says they are aware of the recent spike in illegal immigration and call it a “surprising uptick”.