/ Modified mar 26, 2024 2:27 p.m.

Number of families and children in Border Patrol's Tucson Sector grows

New federal data shows that the number of migrants apprehended by Border Patrol last month grew, including the number of families and children.

360 migrant march children border Children peer through the border fence in Nogales, Sonora during a march led by migrants on April 30, 2021 who wanted to call attention to immigration policies in the United States that have prevented them from entering the country while they seek political asylum.
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Border Patrol apprehended more than 140,000 people in February across the U.S.-Mexico border, a 13% increase from January.

Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector continues to have the highest number of migrants crossing the border unauthorized and the highest number of families and unaccompanied minors.

The number of people in families and children crossing the border in this region has increased from 14% of migrants just two years ago to more than half the people crossing.

Experts say human smuggling organizations are pushing families through the Tucson Sector in an attempt to overwhelm limited resources.

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