Parada Mexican (a / o). Illegal border crossings have steadily fallen since 2000. 1,676,448 in 2000 to 310, 531 in 2017. The people including families, men, women and children crossing into Mexico are refugees seeking asylum. this is not a border issue but a humans right issue. Picture taken in Passaic, New Jersey outside a Ranchero Musica Festival in 2017. Passaic has a larger hispanic community with about 71% of population from Mexico and other Latin American countries.