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The number of migrant encounters at the southern border hit a new record high in May, with an overwhelming 239,416 encounters, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Wednesday evening – just as officials fear the number already unprecedented continues to increase during the summer months. .
The 239,416 migrant encounters eclipse the 180,597 encountered in May 2021 and the 23,237 encountered in May 2020. It is also higher than the 235,478 encountered in April 2022, which itself set a new encounter record.
The massive numbers came during a month in which the Biden administration sought to end deportations under the Title 42 health order – which were implemented under the Trump administration due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were used to deport a majority of migrants at the border.
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The Biden administration was ultimately blocked by a federal judge from ending the order. The evictions continued throughout May, although the percentage of these declined – with just 42% of those encountered being evicted under the order. Among the migrants interviewed, 55% of all single adults were deported and only 17% of migrant families were deported.
Despite the fractional number of family units being deported, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement that, “Current U.S. border restrictions have not changed: Single adults and families met at the border Southwest will continue to be expelled, as appropriate, under Title 42.”
“As temperatures begin to rise in the summer, smugglers will continue to exploit vulnerable populations and recklessly endanger the lives of migrants for financial gain. The terrain along the southwestern border is extreme, the heat summer is harsh and the miles of desert that migrants must walk after crossing the border are unforgiving,” he said. “Our message to those who would attempt to enter the United States illegally remains the same: do not not the dangerous journey only to be fired.”
Meanwhile, those numbers are just a snapshot of the crisis on the border, which engulfed the administration shortly after taking office and overwhelmed Border Patrol agents — where morale would be at most. down.
A senior CBP source told Fox News there have been 440,000 known getaways since the fiscal year began in October, including more than 50,000 in May alone. Combined with the 400,000 known getaways since the start of fiscal 2021, that means more than 800,000 illegal immigrants have passed through agents since October 2020 — more than the entire population of Seattle.
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At the end of May, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also urged migrants not to make the trip, while conceding that agents were facing “historic” numbers at the border.
“And the numbers could still increase,” Mayorkas said. “From the confusion caused by recent court orders and as contraband continues to peddle misinformation to make a profit: we are ready.”
The Biden administration is still seeking to end the Title 42 health order, a move that many agents and officials say will likely lead to an increase in the number of migrants arriving at the border. However, administration officials said that after a short-term increase, the number would decrease over time once criminal penalties for illegal entry are reimposed and the administration moves to expedited removal.
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Meanwhile, he continues to push his explanation of the ‘root causes’ of the crisis, arguing that the strategy to solving the crisis is to tackle the root causes like poverty, climate change, violence and corruption in America. central.
Vice President Harris has led this effort and recently touted significant private sector investment in the region in response to her “call to action.” This month will also mark one year since the vice president said there had been “extreme progress” made by the administration.
Meanwhile, President Biden last week announced a series of US commitments related to visas, funding and other migration issues at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. This effort was marred by the decision of the leaders of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to skip the conference.
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