Authorities detained 188,829 undocumented immigrants at the United States border with Mexico last June, raising the number of one million so far this fiscal year, which began in October 2020, reported this Friday the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP).
CBP agents recorded “findros “with 1,119,204 undocumented migrants along the border with Mexico in June, the highest number in at least a decade, and that there are still three months left to close the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30.
The current tsunami of migrants seeking the American dream It started with the arrival of Joe Biden to the White House, from January to FebruaryAfter he took office, the number of arrests at the border went from 78,442 to 101,095. By March the figure had already reached 173,265.
In the last decade, the month of June with the highest number of arrests was 2019, the year in which another important arrival of irregular migrants was registered, but that figure was 81 thousand 777, far from the more than 188 thousand of the past month. Precisely in that fiscal year, 977 thousand 593 arrests were registered, 140 thousand less than so far this year.
Last June there was an increase of 4.5 percent over the previous month’s figures, which had been a historical record of more than two decades, and all despite the high temperatures that migrants who cross the border irregularly must suffer. .
“We are in the hottest season of the summer and we see a high number of calls to CBP by migrants left in treacherous territory by smugglers with no regard for human life,” said Acting Agency Director Troy Miller.
Of the more than 188 thousand immigrants, 103 thousand 14 were immediately expelled under Title 42, a measure approved by the administration of former President Donald Trump and that allows immigrants and asylum seekers to be deported on the grounds of the health crisis caused by covid-19.
Of the 1,119,119,204 detained so far this year, 751,844 have been expelled by Title 42, which only allows minors unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian and families to stay in the United States traveling with young children.
The agency indicated that the large number of expulsions has contributed to raising the number of “encounters”, as many migrants make several attempts to enter the country, for which the total number of arrests exceeds the number of individuals arriving at the border.
“34 percent of the arrests in June 2021 were individuals who had attempted to cross at least once in the previous 12 months,” added CBP. “The number of new and unique arrests in June was 123,838.”
Having reached one million detainees is not the only thing that worries US immigration agents, also the summer heat, which increases the danger experienced by all those who venture to cross the border on foot, where the terrain is extreme and the severe weather.
“We are in the hottest part of the summer and we are seeing a large number of calls for help to CBP by migrants abandoned on treacherous terrain by smugglers with no regard for human life,” Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said after the presentation of the agency’s newest figures.
The June figures include 15,253 minors who arrived at the border without the company of their father, mother or an adult responsible for them. This is an increase of 8 percent compared to May. Adults traveling alone are still the majority of detainees but the number of these migrants decreased by 3 percent from May to June.