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Fewer Than 50 Percent of People Apprehended at Border Are From Mexico, New Data Shows

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A Mexican deported from the US is seen next to a Mexican national flag at El Chaparral repatriation center in Tijuana, northwestern Mexico, in the border with the US on July 1, 2016. (GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Fewer than 50 percent of people apprehended while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are from Mexico, according to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

A Mexican deported from the US is seen next to a Mexican national flag at El Chaparral repatriation center in Tijuana, northwestern Mexico, in the border with the US on July 1, 2016. (GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Of the 264,165 people caught trying to cross the southern border in the first six months of 2016, 49.6 percent were from Mexico, the paper said.

The countries with the most citizens apprehended were:

  1. Mexico: 131,138
  2. Guatemala: 45,604
  3. El Salvador: 44,574
  4. Honduras: 30,585
  5. India: 2,867
  6. Brazi:l 1,841
  7. Equador: 1,770
  8. China: 1,498
  9. Romania: 1,307
  10. Nicaragua: 730


The Union-Tribune added that six Canadians were caught taking “the long way back home.”

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