[Ed. – And crossing it. With the usual consequences: some get through; others get detained and sent back to “wait in Mexico.” Until recently, Brazilians didn’t figure significantly in the influx at the border. Note that they have to come from south of the Darien Gap in Panama, which usually means they find some means other than proceeding on foot (or by vehicle) to get north of it. Like Africans, Chinese, and Middle Easterners, these folks are spending a lot of money – or someone is spending it on their behalf – to show up at the American border and request asylum.]
The quiet migration of around 17,000 Brazilians through a single U.S. city [El Paso] in the past year reveals a new frontier in the Trump administration’s effort to shut down the legal immigration pathway for people claiming fear of persecution. …
Brazilians … now make up a quarter of immigrants apprehended in El Paso, the most commonly apprehended migrants after Mexicans.
Nationwide, some 18,000 Brazilians were apprehended in the fiscal year ending in October, a 600% increase from the previous high in 2016. Brazilians crossing in the El Paso Sector, which covers southern New Mexico and west Texas, accounted for 95% of the apprehensions nationwide, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
On Monday, acting CBP chief Mark Morgan vowed to try to shut down asylum for migrants from outside Spanish-speaking Central America and South America.