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Less than 50% of people caught at border are from Mexico

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2016 file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent patrols Sunland Park along the U.S.-Mexico border next to Ciudad Juarez. A new Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News Border Poll released Monday, July 18, 2016, says a majority of residents surveyed on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are against the building of a wall between the two countries. The poll also suggests residents feel Democrats and Republicans are ignoring their concerns and aren't proposing solutions to help their economy and combat drug trafficking and human smuggling. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)

(AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)

According to new data from the U.S. Border Patrol, slightly less than half of the people that were apprehended at the Mexican border are from Mexico.

In the first six months of 2016, of the 264,165 people were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, only 49.6 percent of them were from Mexico. While many of the people apprehended were from Central American countries, a large number of the people nabbed at the border were from far-distant countries

The countries, in order, with the most apprehensions at the Southwest border in the first half of 2016 were: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, India, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Romania, and Nicaragua.

While the bulk of people trying to cross into the United States via the Southwest border are from Mexico and Central American nations, it is surprising to see people trying to cross into the United States from South America and even countries in Europe and Asia.

The San Diego Union Tribune provided a colored map that shows how many people from different countries across the world were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. It shows that people worldwide are capitalizing on the United States’ vulnerability by trying to enter the U.S. via the Southwest border.

The data from the U.S. Border Patrol only contains the people caught trying to enter the United States at the Southwest border. The data doesn’t show the many that enter the United States illegally and don’t get caught.

The amount of people attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border and the diversity in where these people come from suggests that tighter border security might be a necessity.

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