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Migrant arrivals at southern border hit 22-year high in March, government data shows

The number of migrant arrivals along the U.S. southern border climbed in March to the highest level in more than two decades, according to new government data.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a court filing Friday that there were 221,303 encounters with migrants along the border with Mexico border last month, a new high under the Biden administration.

The March figures, which were first reported by CBS News, combine statistics reported by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Border Patrol.

The figures were revealed as part of a lawsuit that has been filed by states against the Biden administration, which are seeking to halt Title 42 from being phased out. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that they would rescind the Trump-era policy by late May.

“Once the Title 42 Order is no longer in place, DHS will process individuals encountered at the border pursuant to Title 8, which is the standard procedure we use to place individuals in removal proceedings,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement on April 1.

“Nonetheless, we know that smugglers will spread misinformation to take advantage of vulnerable migrants. Let me be clear: those unable to establish a legal basis to remain in the United States will be removed,” he added.

The policy was enforced at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic by former President Donald Trump and restricted migrants from coming into the country due to the global pandemic.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent two charter buses of migrants to Washington, a move which was criticized by White House officials.

“Leaders in Congress have no idea about the chaos they have caused by the open-border policies and they refuse to come down and see firsthand and talk to the people who are really there just dropping bombs of illegal immigrants from countries across the entire globe, leaving those local communities to have to grapple with it,” Abbott told reporters this week.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: PSMAG.COM

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