Last month, the authorities detained nearly 19,000 minors traveling alone, the highest number on record.
On Monday, US President Joe Biden nominated two critics of Donald Trump’s immigration policy to influence the country’s immigration policy.
Chris Magnus, the police chief of Tucson, Arizona, was appointed as the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, and Ur Mendoza Jaddou, an immigration expert, was appointed as the Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
During the Trump presidency, Magnus publicly criticized attempts to deprive cities that refused to cooperate with federal immigration policies, arguing that doing so would damage the relationship between communities and law enforcement agencies.
Jaddou was recently the director of DHS Watch, an organization that severely criticized Trump’s efforts to reduce legal and illegal immigration.
The duties of the Border Protection Agency include patrolling the border, while customs and immigration entities are responsible for services related to legal immigration. Both positions are subject to confirmation by the Senate and are only held by temporary officials during Trump’s tenure.
At the southwest border of the United States, the number of immigrants detained by the Border Patrol continued to increase for several months. According to Trump’s health guidelines implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, the Biden administration continues to reject adults.
However, the current authorities have been allowing families and unaccompanied children to enter. Last month, the authorities arrested nearly 19,000 minors traveling alone, the highest number on record.