Rubén Cantú

Rubén Cantú

Immigration and migratory patterns are a very complicated subject matter. Anybody saying they can understand the issue and have a comprehensive solution that is going to be fitting for everybody, must be taken with a grain of salt.

There is a large number of factors to consider when it comes down to migratory conducts and the way policymakers respond and should respond to a particular problem.

Just because a strategy works – or didn’t work – in one particular case not necessarily means that it is going to yield the same results for all cases under similar circumstances. All we can do is to increase the odds, and odds – like the weather – are sometimes unpredictable.

Dealing with individuals can be erratic. People are not objects who will respond in the same way, shape or form every single time.

Every individual has his or her own mind, their own motives, and different influence factors such as education, background, family, friends, neighbors, and more which all make up for a unique formula. This formula will determine how that individual will respond to a particular problem … most of the time.

When dealing with individuals all we can do is to learn from the past, evaluate the results and come up with a creative solution.

With all that being said, let’s take a look at the immigration patterns through Del Rio after U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the latest figures Tuesday.

To make matters a little more complicated keep in mind that these figures only include individuals who have been detained, since there is no way to count those who have not been detained, both in present and past years.

The number of unaccompanied alien children apprehended in the Del Rio Sector – which includes eight ports of entry between Brownsville and Del Rio – went from 483 in fiscal year to date 2018, to 881 in fiscal year to date 2019. This represents an increase of 82 percent.

These figures could be interpreted as if the number of undocumented unaccompanied children coming to America has nearly doubled, that the children from other ports of entry are shifting toward Del Rio, or that the number of children who slip through the cracks unapprehended has decreased.

The U.S. Border Patrol Southwest region is comprised of nine sectors between Texas and Arizona, and in those regions three have recorded lower number of unaccompanied alien children apprehensions, the number has increased considerably in each one of the other six regions.

Confusing? Well, hold on to your seats because these figures only represent the tip of the iceberg.

The family unit apprehensions, which represent the number of individuals (either a child under 18, parent or legal guardian) apprehended with a family member by the U.S. Border Patrol went in the Del Rio Sector from 933 in FYTD 2018, to 5,569 in FYTD 2019, this is a whooping 497 percent increase.

So, does this mean that people wanting to come illegally into the U.S. are flooding the borders?

Or than more and more people are now being detained?

Is it that now more people are being detained by the Border Patrol rather than seeking asylum through the ports of entry?

A lot has been said but more needs to be said, evaluated and learned from.


A new Dollar General store has opened in Del Rio.

The small store setting has found the perfect niche on Cienegas Road, near the industrial park. It is always good to see companies bringing new jobs and investments to Del Rio.

Second overtime

Don’t forget the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce annual banquet and awards ceremony tonight at the Del Rio Civic Center.

The event and the program look very promising.

Third overtime

Do you like BINGO? Stay tuned, we have good news for you starting Sunday.

Rubén Cantú has been a journalist since 1995. He is the managing editor of the Del Rio News-Herald. Contact him at

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