The number of migrants apprehended and arrested along the U.S.-Mexico border rose slightly in May, reaching another new highest one-month record total in two-decades, according to the new data released by Custom and Border Patrol (CBP).
CBP encountered 180,034 illegal border crossings in May, up from 178,622 apprehensions in April and 172,331 in March. The May total is an increase of just a 0.7 percent from April recorded apprehensions, but the high number highlights the ongoing severity of the migration crisis. The increase in apprehensions from April to May surpasses preliminary data from CBP reported earlier this week.
The month of May saw fewer unaccompanied children and families encountered at the border. According to the CBP statistics, officials encountered 14,158 unaccompanied children, down 17.4 percent from the 17,148 in April. It is the third-highest amount in the Border Patrol’s 97-year history and down from the peak of 18,960 in March. The number of families encountered by CBP officials was 44,639, compared to the 50,094 encountered in April.
The majority CBP officials encountered were single adult migrants. According to CBP statistics, 121,082 single adults were encountered at the border. But, CBP noted that 112,302 single adults were expelled under Title 42 public health protections. Title 42, implemented due to the COVID pandemic, allows CBP to expel migrants instead of holding them in detentition facilities. In total, 62 percent of all May encounters resulted in a Title 42 expulsion, which includes single adults and some family units.
About 8,000 of the 180,034 migrants border officials encountered were denied entry at a port of entry, while the remainder went across the border through unfenced areas.
Since Oct. 2020, a total of 929,868 illegal immigrants have been apprehended, putting the U.S on pace to encounter over 1.5 million illegal immigrants at the border. That would be the most since fiscal year of 2000, when a whopping 1.64 million apprehensions were made at the southern border.
The worsening crisis situation at the southern border has drawn little reaction from either President Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris. Both have yet to visit the border and have ignored calls for action from Republicans, as well as from CBP officials.
Biden’s decision in unraveling many of Trump-era border policies by ending the construction of southern border wall and immediately suspending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy would attribute the record surge in the last four months of illegals crossing the border, including thousands of unaccompanied minors.