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Spike in illegal border crossings from Mexico: US

Immigration officials have said that most of the new arrivals from Mexico are actually Central Americans making the arduous journey to seek work and safety in the United States -- amid poverty and a surge in gang-related violence at homeThe number of migrants illegally entering the United States from Mexico jumped more than 16 percent in October, US officials said on Thursday. “There are currently about 41,000 individuals in our immigration detention facilities — typically, the number in immigration detention fluctuates between 31,000 and 34,000,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. “I have authorized US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to acquire additional detention space for single adults so that those apprehended at the border can be returned to their home countries as soon as possible,” he said.

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