Authorities report 171,000 arrests on the southern border
Washington According to preliminary data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revised by the Washington Post, more than 171,000 immigrants were arrested at the southern border of the United States in March, the highest monthly number of arrests since 2006.
The data has also increased significantly over previous months: 78,442 people were arrested in January and 100,441 in February.
There is an increasing influx of unaccompanied migrant minors, who are flooding government shelters, which has led to an increase in immigration. Statistics show that last month, the Border Patrol detained more than 18,800 children without parents or guardians.
In addition, another report by The Washington Post guarantees that about a thousand undocumented immigrants try to sneak into the United States every day, and the Border Patrol cannot arrest or identify them because their agents are busy treating immigrant families in the detention center.
People familiar with the matter told this newspaper that the number of leaks in recent weeks is the highest in recent memory.
For the Border Patrol, “jailbreaking” means that an individual who has crossed the border has not returned to Mexico or been arrested, and the agency no longer actively pursues him. According to the “Post”, most of the fugitives will be adult men, because families and unaccompanied minors usually seek help from the Border Patrol and ask for asylum in the United States.
In a podcast in February, the acting head of the Border Patrol said that the agency had had extraordinary days, registering thousands of escapes, but according to sources quoted by American newspapers, this situation has become normal phenomenon. According to the latest data from the US Customs and Border Protection, in March, the number of single adults captured by the Border Patrol exceeded 90,000.
The Biden administration is facing what its opponents call an immigration crisis and is installing emergency shelters for unaccompanied minors. In addition, it is speeding up procedures to release them and immigrant families, and appoint them to be heard in immigration court.
The White House made it clear that after the pandemic, according to Trump’s 2020 public health regulations, single adults were immediately deported back to Mexico.