Illegal border crossings have exploded by 674 percent in a year, with 180,034 recorded in May – the fourth consecutive monthly rise.
Newly-released figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show the number of migrants rocketed by more than six-fold from the 23,237 who crossed from Mexico into the United States in May 2020. Last year’s number was far lower than usual because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but this year’s figures still spell worrying news for Joe Biden, with 2021 on-track to record the highest number of illegal border crossings since 2006. Illegal border crossings have increased for the fourth month in a row growing to 180,034 in May, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
That represented a slight increase over the approximately 178,000 migrants encountered in April and the 172,000 encountered in March at the southwest border. In February, roughly 100,000 migrants illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into the United States. Single adults still represented the majority of border-crossers, data from the U.S. Border Patrol showed. In May there was a decrease in the number of unaccompanied minors, from roughly 16,910 to 13,906, Border Patrol found.
CBP also said that a majority of those who crossed the border were already expelled due to Title 42, which allows the U.S. government to quickly remove people using the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 180,034 crossers, 112,302 had already been expelled. CBP also pointed out, according to Fox News, that Title 42 is leading people to try to cross the border more than once, which could also factor into the high numbers. Axios reported Tuesday that premlinary CBP data from the fiscal year 2021 showed that illegal crossings have been the most since 2006 – with four months still to go [Daily Mail].
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