Undocumented immigration concerns at the US-Mexico border surged 70% in March to 172,331, the highest level in 15 years, data showed Thursday.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that the number of unaccompanied children detained after crossing the border doubled from February to 18,663.
Another 227 were intercepted by immigration officers at official border crossings, increasing the number of immigrant minors the Biden administration had to accept for resettlement to 18,890, shelters and treatment. Overwhelmed the facility.
Most of the immigrants came from Mexico and Central American countries in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. CBP said many will arrive in larger and larger groups.
According to CBP, the number of people caught illegally across the US-Mexico border between October and six months was about 570,000, an increase of 24% over the same period last year.
Authorities have accused the surge of “violence, natural disasters, food insecurity and poverty in Mexico and the North Triangles of Central America.”
“This is nothing new,” said Troy Miller, who is currently CBP Commissioner.
“Since April 2020, the number of encounters has continued to increase,” he said in a statement.
The CBP said that under rules under the Covid-19 pandemic protection, nearly 104,000 cross-border people were expelled to Mexico, most of them single adults.
However, tens of thousands of migrants arriving in families with unaccompanied and small children are allowed to stay in the country, causing major political and social headaches for the Biden administration. ..
The video shows that children are packed in tents and halls built for just a few of their numbers.
They overwhelmed the ability of CBP and the Department of Health and Human Services to contain them and connect with relatives in the United States.
As of Wednesday, there were more than 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children under government control, with 4,228 in CBP’s hands and 16,045 in HHS accepting them from border guards.
The government has set up detention facilities for children at military bases and is looking for more capabilities.
Biden administration officials called the surge temporary in a briefing to reporters and accused former President Donald Trump of destroying the government’s infrastructure to handle large numbers of immigrants without paperwork. ..
“No one should expect this to be resolved overnight,” said an unidentified senior executive.
“The president has a plan,” officials said. “The system needs to be rebuilt.”
Biden said the surge was seasonal and predicted a recession, but last year at the beginning of the year until the border weather became very hot in May or June. There is a pattern of immigrant surges.
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