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Migration at US-Mexico Border Is Shifting in Big Way

"Walls alone cannot prevent illegal migration," said



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    Immigrant families are transported to an "immigrant respite center" after being released by the U.S. Border Patrol on August 19, 2016, in McAllen, Texas. After crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas, the families are taken into custody by border patrol agents, given temporary legal documents and then sent by bus to their destination city in the United States, where they apply for political asylum. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    The people arriving at the United States' southern border are no longer Mexican migrants, mostly men, in search of jobs, but a steady stream of asylum-seekers, NBC News reports.

    The Obama administration said Monday that the prevailing view of the border is outdated, and that more Central Americans were seized along the border than Mexicans in fiscal year 2016, only the second year that's happened.

    And that demographic puts a unique strain on the immigration system, since many are asylum seekers whom border agents can't simply turn them or deport.

    "Walls alone cannot prevent illegal migration," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Monday. "Ultimately, the solution is long-term investment in Central America to address the underlying push factors in the region."