The number of illegal immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border so far in this fiscal year has hit a 10-year high, with more than four months to go in the fiscal year – as the Biden administration strives to contain a persistent crisis on the southern border.
The number of migrants encountered at the border in May was over 180,000, a massive spike from the 23,000 encountered in the same month in 2020 – and nearly 40,000 from the peak month of the border crisis of 2019, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week.
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This means that 898,949 migrants have been encountered by the border patrol so far this fiscal year, which began in October. This is the highest since fiscal 2006, when there were over a million southern border encounters overall. It is likely that 2021 will exceed this number in the long term.
It is also higher than the roughly 859,000 encountered in FY19 and the 405,000 encountered in FY2020. The statistic was first reported by Axios before CBP officially released its figures. may.
The Biden administration has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the southern border crisis – with critics accusing it of encouraging illegal immigration by rescinding Trump-era border and enforcement policies .
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The Biden administration, meanwhile, has sought to blame “root causes” of migration in Central America like poverty, violence and climate change. Vice President Kamala Harris, who did not visit the border, recently visited Guatemala and Mexico to meet with leaders on addressing the root causes.
She touted a number of measures designed to help those countries tackle the root causes, but said issues such as Mexico’s refusal to take back migrant families turned away from the United States by the title’s public health protections. 42 had not been addressed.
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However, she had a clear message for potential migrants in Guatemala.
“Don’t come,” she said. “Don’t come. “