Migrant encounters peaked at 221,000 in March, the highest number since Biden took power.
The number of migrants along the southern border crossed the 220,000 mark in March, marking the highest number seen under President Biden – a number likely to exacerbate the bilateral threat of unprecedented migration traffic in the coming months when the Biden administration raises the headline. 42 Public Health Order.
Customs and Border Protection said in a filing in court on Friday that it faced 221,303 migrants on the southern border in March. That’s about 28% more than in March 2021 when 173,277 migrants faced. In March 2020, there were only 34,460 migrants at the border.
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That number is higher than the high of 213,953 in July last year and the third time under Biden that more than 200,000 people have crossed the border – just two months after the 2021 surge. While the numbers have dropped since July, they have been relatively high compared to the same months of previous years – never falling below 150,000. Now, as the spring and summer months approach, they are already over 200,000.
The first six months of FY22, which began in October, now have 1,026,460 encounters. There were only 570,826 encounters in the first six months of FY21’s record setting. This means that the first six months of FY22 are 79% higher than the first 6 months of FY21’s record setting.
Traffic increased in March as the Biden administration talked of lifting the title 42 public health orders, which have been used since March 2020 to remove most of the migrants at the border due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The administration finally confirmed on April 1 that it would lift the order on May 23. Since then, border officials have repeatedly faced 7,000 to 8,000 migrants a day.
The filing shows that 123,304 were evacuated in March, of which 109,549 were deported under Title 42, while 80,127 migrants were released in the U.S., with 36,777 migrants granted humanitarian parole – meaning they had work permits. Deserve to
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Both Democrats and Republicans, as well as administration officials, have predicted that once the title 42 order is lifted, the number will increase – as migrants will be drawn to the border knowing they are more likely to be released. U.S. The administration is reportedly planning to accommodate 18,000 migrants a day.
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The coming end of Title 42, and the projected migration increase, has led to a significant bilateral pushback. Republican states have called for a halt to the order, while a number of moderate Democrats have called on the administration to change course.
“Heading 42 was dropped because of a public health crisis. It shouldn’t be forever, but right now the administration has no plans. I warned them months ago,” Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz. Told reporters This week.
Sen. Jo Manchin, DW.Va., described the decision to terminate the order as “terrible.”
“We are already experiencing an unprecedented increase in migrants this year, and it will only get worse if the administration ends the Title 42 policy,” he said. “We are nowhere ready to face that current.”
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Meanwhile, on the Republican side, Rep. John Katko, R-NY, said Border Patrol agents are facing overwhelming numbers even before the end of Title 42.
“They are overwhelmed. If and when it increases, they will lose full operational control over the border,” Katko, a ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a “special report” this week. “Everyone, including Homeland Secretary Mayorcas, understands that the boom is coming after the 42nd title.”
Paul Steinhauser of TOU contributed to this report.