From January to May, 711,784 migrants were encountered by Customs and Border Protection at the southern border – five times the amount during the same period in 2020 – and the Biden administration is on track to encounter 1 million by the end of July.
CBP’s latest data, released in June, show that there were 180,034 encounters with illegal crossers in May, the highest of any month in the last 20 years. The spike in migration under President Joe Biden’s administration continues to grow with no signs of it coming to a stop any time soon.
The numbers for June have not yet been updated on CBP’s webpage, but pictures emerge at least weekly of groups of hundreds of migrants turning themselves over to U. S. immigration authorities at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border officials are expected to reveal that they encountered 188,000 illegal immigrants in June, a knowledgeable source revealed, according to the Washington Examiner.
If the current apprehension trajectory continues, CBP will have encountered more than 1 million illegal immigrants at the southern border by late July – when Biden reaches his six month mark in office.
The number of crossers already reported by CBP since the start of 2021 surpasses the population of several large U. S. cities, like Boston and Nashville. It is also more people than the total people living in the least populated U.S. states of Wyoming and Vermont.
It is still not immediately clear where exactly these asylum seekers and illegal crossers are being sent after they are transferred out of federal immigration agencies’ custody.
There also appears to be no available statistics on how many immigrants who are encountered and taken into custody are sent back to Mexico, or their origin countries, compared to those who are put in an alternatives to detention program or otherwise released into the U. S.
Many that were being sent to Laredo, Texas over the last few months – but the Department of Homeland Security agreed this month to temporarily halt sending border crossers to the poor community as it struggles with resources and rising COVID-19 cases.
‘DHS has agreed to suspend lateral transfers of immigrants from the Valley to avoid overburdening (non-governmental organizations) and local medical facilities in Laredo,’ Henry Cuellar, a Democrat whose hometown is Laredo, said in a statement Monday.
Other alternatives to detention (ATD) include parole-like programs, where illegal crossers are released and minors are sent to guardians in the U. S. and are required to either have check-ins at Immigration and Custom Enforcement offices, engage in home visits or be monitored by telephone or GPS ankle bracelets.
Republicans call this system ‘catch and release’ and are highly critical of its implementation.
In Biden’s first full month as president, the encounters jumped more than 22,000 in one month from 78,442 in January 2021 to 101,117 in February.
By March, Biden was experiencing a full blown crisis when CBP saw a record number of encounters in recent history with 173,337 encounters.
At that point, the administration put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the humanitarian crisis, asserting shortly after that her role is only to address ‘root causes’ as she became the immediate target for right-wing criticism after she spent her first three months in the positions avoiding visiting the border.
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