A day after President Donald Trump promised a crackdown on immigrants, it appears he may have gone too far.
The U.S. is facing a surge of unaccompanied minors, according to the U.N.’s refugee agency.
And they are coming from places like Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
The Associated Press reported Friday that a surge in children entering the country in 2017 and 2018 may have been the result of a crackdown from the Trump administration on undocumented immigrants.
Trump has blamed the surge on “criminal activity” by undocumented immigrants, but a New York Times analysis of U.K. immigration data shows the U,S.
border has not been so porous in recent years.
The number of unaccompanied children entering and staying in the United States in the first three months of this year was the highest since 2007, the analysis shows.
It includes children and adults who entered without parents or legal guardians.
The number of children who stayed in the U.-S.-Mexico border rose by 13% from January to March, the report shows.
Trump and other U.s. officials have been blaming immigrants for the surge, saying it’s due to “criminal activities” and that the U-S.-Mexican border is “so open that these children are crossing over and coming into the United State.”
But immigration experts say many are children from Central America and the Middle Eastern countries where many undocumented immigrants are fleeing, not the countries in which they were born.
The AP examined U.M.C.I. data for child and adult arrivals from the U.,S.- Mexico border between April 1 and June 30, 2017.
The data was provided by U.C.-San Diego and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The children were from:Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Children and adults arrived in the country from:Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, Central America/Oceania, and Latin America.
The data show that Central America accounted for 22% of the total children entering into the U ,S.-United States-Mexico border, which includes the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
Children were most often arriving in Central America via the U .
S.-Canada border, followed by Mexico.
Children from Honduras were most frequently arriving in Mexico, with 12% of children from that country arriving in the last three months.
The report notes that children were also most likely to be crossing from El Salvador to Guatemala in the third quarter, with 6% arriving in that country and 7% arriving elsewhere.
The Associated Press asked the Office for Refugee Reservation about the number of Central American children in the Rio Grande Valley, which borders Texas, for a response to the report.
The agency declined to comment.
“We’re very concerned about what we’re seeing,” said Marielena Hidalgo, the office’s director of international migration.
“This is the result, and we need to know why it’s happening.”
Children are often entering the United Kingdom illegally, with the majority arriving via the Irish Sea.
In March, Irish authorities said they had arrested nearly 900 migrants from the United Arab Emirates, who they believe are coming to the country illegally.
The United States has been in a standoff with the U Arab Emirates over the detention of migrants in the Mediterranean.
The United States is concerned that these unaccompanied minors are coming with the same mentality and motivations that have been shown to be a key factor in the recent surge in migrants from Central and South America.