Stories by Stef W. Kight

What happens when a migrant child crosses the border

Illustrations: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Since October of last year, border patrol has arrested almost a quarter of a million child migrants who crossed the border alone or with their family, a Customs and Border Protection official told Axios.

Why it matters: The U.S. immigration system is not set up to handle this surge of young migrants mostly from Central American nations — and it's breaking down.

Trump says he'll name Thomas Homan as "border czar"

Thomas Homan speaking at a Congressional hearing
Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Image

Thomas Homan, a Fox News contributor who served as acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director at the start of President Trump's tenure, will work as an administration "border czar," the president announced on "Fox & Friends" Friday.

Why it matters: It's the latest of a string of new appointments to top immigration-linked positions, including Ken Cuccinelli as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Mark Morgan as head of ICE. All have been loud proponents of Trump's tough immigration policies — often defending his moves on network television.

Most unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. are not Mexican

Reproduced from a Pew Research Center study; Chart: Axios Visuals