Biden administration officials in Washington waited until 8:25 p.m. Wednesday to release a record-breaking migrant detention report showing border patrol officers along the southwestern border arrested more than 222,000 in May — the largest single-month total going back. to the Clinton administration. The timing breaks with the previous practice of disclosing cut-off figures during office hours and, often, press conferences about new data.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials waited late Wednesday night to release the May Southwest Border Migration Report confirming a Breitbart Texas report from earlier this month showing the detention of 222,656 migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico. The report shows the highest number of migrants detained in a single month dating back to January 2000.
CBP officials tried to blame the record-setting report for the deportation and return of migrants in connection with the continuation of Title 42.
“The high number of evictions during the pandemic has contributed to a higher-than-normal number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts, meaning the total number of encounters slightly overestimates the number of unique individuals arriving at the border,” CBP officials said in the letter. in which the report is released.
However, Border Patrol agents expelled only 42 percent of the migrants apprehended along the southwestern border. Those title 42 evictions include 90,650 single adults and 9,850 family units.
The report goes on to show that the number of “unique individuals” has increased by 15 percent in the past month: 177,793 migrants. The report also shows a 21 percent increase in the number of unaccompanied migrant children in May and an eight percent increase in the number of family units detained.
“Current restrictions at the US border have not changed: Singles and families found on the southwest border will be evicted under Title 42 where appropriate,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in the written statement. “As summer temperatures begin to soar, smugglers will continue to exploit vulnerable populations and recklessly endanger the lives of migrants for financial gain.”
This is the third straight month in which border police have detained more than 200,000 migrants. Between March 1 and May 31, agents detained a total of 636,972 migrants. This total excludes migrants who escaped without being apprehended.
Since the start of fiscal year 22, which began October 1, 2021, Border Patrol agents have detained 1,536,899 migrants. With four months to go, the total detentions are just under the total of 1,734,686 migrants in FY21. That total is likely to be exceeded in the June report.
“The terrain along the southwest border is extreme, the summer heat is intense and the miles of desert migrants have to travel after crossing the border are unforgiving,” Commissioner Magnus concluded. “Our message to those who would attempt to gain illegal entry into the United States remains the same: don’t make the perilous journey of being sent back alone.”
However, CBP officials are bracing for another surge in migrant detentions. CBP officials warned:
In response to the surge in migration that countries in the hemisphere are experiencing, DHS is executing a comprehensive government-wide plan to contain the proliferation of migrants found at our border, as outlined by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on April 26 memo†
This includes increasing resources, increasing efficiency, managing impacts, strengthening the capacity of non-governmental organisations, tackling and disrupting transnational criminal organizations and smugglers, and deterring illegal migration in cooperation with other agencies in the federal government and with countries around the hemisphere.