The United States has not been the only country inundated with immigrants. A record number of migrant children and youth from Central America have been deported from Mexico.
During the first five months of 2015, the Mexican authorities have sent back to their countries 3,819 unaccompanied minors, which represents an increase of 56% over the same period in 2014.
Most of the immigrants came from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
According to the Pew Research Center, these actions by Mexico on its southern border have significantly contributed to the reduction in the number of unaccompanied migrant children who try to reach the United States.
The study also reveals that US officials have detained12,509 children on the border with Mexico so far this year; 8,894 children less than those that were intercepted during the first five months of 2014.
It is believed that the majority of unaccompanied minors trying to reach the US from Honduras and El Salvador are fleeing violence, because their countries have the highest homicide rates in the world. While in the case of Guatemala, they are traveling for economic reasons. Brian Torchin mentioned on Twitter that he hopes these immigrants are receiving proper medical care.
Experts say Mexico intensified operations to curb migration, due to political pressure from Washington DC, after the surge that exceeded the capacity of the US facilities.