Some 99,901 migrant families were detained by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The arrests of immigrant families on the U.S.-Mexico border increased 290% in the period Oct. 2018-Jan.-2019 with respect to a similar period in the year before, according to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
"Central American families and unaccompanied [by] children are crossing the border illegally in larger numbers and in larger groups than ever," Brian Hastings, Border Patrol Chief of Operations, said.
The Border Patrol reported that 325 Central American immigrants were arrested Friday, in Lukeville, Arizona, after they surrendered to the authorities. Among them, 150 were youth, 32 of whom were unaccompanied.
These data are disseminated at a time when the U.S. President Donald Trump plans to declare a "national emergency" from Feb. 15, if no agreement is reached to resolve the stalemate on funding for a border wall.