Over 170,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the U.S-Mexico border in May, the most since 2006 and the third straight month in this fiscal year, according to Axios.
Based on preliminary Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data Axios obtained, the report added that approximately 900,000 migrants had been apprehended between Oct. 1 to May 31, the most in the last eight months of a fiscal year since 2006.
Last month, the number of illegal immigrants stopped at the border hit a 20-year high — the most encounters in a single month since April of 2000, with the number reaching more than 178,000 recorded. The April increase was driven by an 11.2 percent increase in the number of single adults attempting to enter the US. A total of 111,301 were stopped by CBP in April, up from 100,104 in March.
The Axios report also noted the increasing number of migrants apprehended at the border are coming from the usual countries of Mexico and from the “Northern Triangle” of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The data also reports that Border Patrol sectors in the southwest are seeing significant numbers of migrants from more distant nations such as Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, and Haiti.
Based on the data for May, the majority of border-crossers continue to come from Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries, with more than 40 percent were encountered at the border reported. Meanwhile, the five Southwest border sectors report that more than 32,000 Ecuadorians and approximately 20,000 Brazilians have been stopped since Oct. 1.
The last time CBP has recorded more than 170,000 border encounters in three consecutive months was back in 2000 when it reported that at least 180,000 illegal immigrants were stopped in the first four months of that year.
CBP preliminary data came out hours after Vice President Kamala Harris, who was in Guatemala for her first international trip, urged migrants not to make the dangerous trek to the U.S. southern border, claiming that they would be forced to “turned back” by Border Patrol.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei blamed the Biden administration for the migrant crisis, saying since President Biden took office, the “message changed.”
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.
On Tuesday, Harris is scheduled to hold meetings with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Ahead of the visit, the Biden administration, according to reports over the weekend, wants Mexico “to increase its enforcement and turn back immigrants on their way to the border.”