Sharp analysis of immigration numbers reveals that some of the unaccompanied minors crossing the border have tried it a half-dozen times — or more. Because of their closer proximity, Mexican children are more likely to just keep trying.
“With the surge in unaccompanied children apprehended at the Southwest border, much has been written about the unusually high numbers of kids arriving from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The number of apprehensions of Mexican child migrants rivals those of the other three countries, but many of those caught are ones who tried to cross multiple times — meaning that the total number of child migrants from Mexico is lower compared with the Central American nations,” says a Pew Research Center team led by Mark Hugo Lopez. They pored over records from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“Out of the more than 11,000 apprehensions of unaccompanied Mexican minors during this fiscal year (Oct. 1 through May 31), only 2,700 children (24 percent of all the apprehensions) reported being apprehended for the first time in their lives,” the team says in a new report. “The other three-quarters of the apprehensions were of children who reported that they had been apprehended multiple times before — 15 percent were of children who had been apprehended at least six times.”
HANNITY IN ISRAEL
A broadcast note: Fox News host Sean Hannity has journeyed to Israel and turned up with the big “get,” as the media bookers like to say. Broadcasting a few miles from Tel Aviv, Mr. Hannity will interview Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his program on Wednesday, which begins at 10 p.m. ET. The pair will focus on the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict, the network says.
Mr. Hannity, meanwhile, is indeed on Israeli soil, and within earshot of any incoming missiles. He told his audience that he’s been trying to put himself in the shoes of the average Israeli.
“Imagine an American city having sirens blaring, having 15 seconds to get to a bomb shelter to protect yourself and your family,” Mr. Hannity said. “Imagine if you had an elderly grandparent that was living with you, or you had two or three young children that you had to get into a bomb shelter, and you had 15 seconds to do it.”
“I’ve got to imagine that the American response would be — liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat — [that] you’d want to find the people who are putting you in that position, you’d want to deal with them in a pretty significant way and put an end to that threat,” he added.
QUESTION OF THE MOMENT
“The social media paradox: Is your online popularity making you lonely?”
— Posed by Shane Paul Neil, a social media strategist and blogger with Technorati.com
POLL DU JOUR
• 60 percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the Republican Party; 21 percent of Republicans, 85 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents agree.
• 35 percent overall have a favorable impression of the GOP; 79 percent of Republicans, 14 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of independents agree.
• 51 percent overall disapprove of the way their own representatives in Congress handle their jobs; 44 percent of Republicans, 46 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of independents agree.