More than 27,000 Cubans have crossed the US-Mexico border between January and October. And experts predict that at least 300,000 Central Americans will have attempted a journey northward by the end of the year.
The Syrians are not members of a terrorist cell, Honduran officials say. But those seeking entry to the US have channels at their disposal that are potentially faster and less scrutinizing than the refugee resettlement program.
The rapid call for a 'pause' in admitting more Syrians – set off by Friday’s attacks in Paris – caught the administration by surprise. It suggests efforts to shield the Syrian refugee surge face tough going.