Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues


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There is an increase of 317% in 208,887 migrant encounters as compared to last August

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First on Granthshala: There were more than 200,000 migrant encounters at the southern border in August, a DHS source told Granthshala News on Wednesday, the second month in a row where the number has exceeded 200,000 as migrants continue to attempt to enter the US.

The source told Granthshala that there were 208,887 encounters in August. While this marks the first reduction in migrant encounters seen under the Biden administration, where migrant encounters have been increasing rapidly for months, it is only a 2% drop in the more than 212,000 encounters in July.


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Additionally, the number of 208,887 for August represents an increase of 317% compared to the previous August 2020, which saw 50,014 fears – and an increase of 233% over August 2019, where the border crisis of that year There were 62,707 apprehensions during the period.

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Of those encounters, 49% were single adults, down 7% from July. Of the encounters, 44% were expelled through Title 42 public health protections placed under the Trump administration and enhanced by the Biden administration.

The Biden administration is expelling single adults and some migrant families under an order enforced because of COVID-19, but not single-handed migrant families with children or young children.

In August alone there were 18,847 encounters of children, slightly lower than in July, and 86.487 encounters in family units, a 4% increase over July.

A CBP spokesperson told Granthshala News it does not provide preliminary data before posting the August data on its website, which he said will be published in the coming days.

The Biden administration has faced sharp criticism for its handling of the crisis at the US-Mexico border, which Republican critics have blamed for Trump-era policies such as border wall construction and the dramatic rollback of the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP). It has also narrowed down Internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities and has worked hard to legalize illegal immigrants already in the country. It is releasing migrants into the interior, processing sponsors already in the country to the UAC and releasing migrant families – angering Republican governors and other lawmakers.

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The Biden administration has pushed back, blaming the Trump administration for shutting down legal avenues to asylum, while the root causes in Central America – such as poverty, violence and corruption – over the role in encouraging migrants to travel north Emphasized.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Meyercas said the administration intended to continue with its border strategy, which he said included “safe, legal and orderly avenues for migrants”, improving processing, and trailing smugglers.

“We have a plan, we are executing our plan and it takes time,” he said last month when he announced the July limit numbers.

He also told border agents in leaked audio to Granthshala News that the situation was “unstable”.

“A few days ago I was in Mexico, and I said, look, you know, if, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and it’s untenable,” Meyercas said. “We can’t continue like this, the people in our area can’t continue and our system isn’t built for that.”

The administration recently suffered a significant legal setback when the Supreme Court refused to delay an order forcing the Biden administration to reenact the Migrant Protection Protocol — a Trump-era policy that would allow migrants to return to Mexico. as they await their hearing.

DHS has said it is working to enforce that order in good faith, while a Border Patrol source in La Joya, Texas, told Granthshala News they are now repatriating all families back to Mexico, until They should not have a child under 1 year old. or if a migrant is pregnant.

Granthshala News’ Jennifer Girden, Bill Melugin and Jonathan Hunt contributed to this report.

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