They just keep coming.
The number of migrant encounters along the southern border fell 14% in June from May’s record high, according to data released Friday by the Biden administration – but the United States still recorded more arrests along the border than in any 20-year fiscal year. Department of Homeland Security history with three months to go.
A total of 207,416 migrant encounters were recorded in June, according to US Customs and Border Protection, for a total of 1,746,119 stops along the southern border since October 1 – the most the agency has recorded for an exercise since 1960. Previously, the highest number of migrants encountered during an exercise was 1,734,686 in fiscal year 2021. Prior to that, the highest was 1,643,679 in fiscal year 2021. financial year 2000.
Across the country, border officials have encountered more than 2 million migrants since October 1, 2021.
Less than half of those seen in June – 92,274 – were deported under the Trump-era Title 42 order, which allowed for the rapid deportation of migrants before their asylum claims were heard due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border rose 4% last month to 15,271, including 752 detained on average per day in CBP custody. The number of family units apprehended fell 13% to 51,780.
Encounters with lone adults accounted for 68% of the June total, but fell 15% from May to 140,197. Only 56% of those adults faced eviction proceedings under the title 42.
On Friday, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus covered the drop in encounters in June, saying in a statement that “month-to-month fluctuations are normal.”
“We pledge to implement our strategy to reduce irregular migration, deter migrants from undertaking the dangerous journey and step up enforcement efforts against smuggling organisations. We continue to rescue and provide medical assistance to those in distress,” Magnus said, reiterating his appeal to immigrants not to travel with smugglers.
“My message to those considering this dangerous journey is simple: this is not an easy passage, the smugglers only care about your money – not your life or the lives of your loved ones, and you will be placed in Deportation from the United States if you cross the border without legal permission and are unable to establish a legal basis for staying.
Migrant encounters along the southern border hit record highs in May, with CBP officials reporting a staggering 239,416 encounters. As in June, less than half of those arrested – 100,699 – were deported under Title 42 that month.
Border crossings were expected to decrease in June due to warmer temperatures in the border region, but recent anecdotal evidence indicated that large migrant crossings were underway.
A stunning video shared on social media last week showed hundreds of migrants illegally crossing the Rio Grande to Eagle Pass, Texas, who are believed to be led by smugglers.
The Biden administration has come under heavy criticism from Democrats and Republicans over the ongoing crisis — which many say is made worse by the administration’s own policies.
“Customs and Border Protection officers encountered over 207,000 illegal aliens at our southern border in June. This is the highest June total on record,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) said. tweeted. “Since Administrator Biden refuses to act, states must use their invasion declaration rights.”
“President Biden’s inaction at the border means more American fentanyl deaths. Does he recognize the correlation and doesn’t care enough to do something about it? » Rep. Mark Green (R-Ten.) job.
“For the past two days I’ve been reviewing the border crisis and it’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” Sen. Ted Cruz said. said Saturday.
“This human tragedy is going from bad to worse and yet Biden, Harris and the Democrats don’t care!”
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