Migrant Apprehension At Southern Border Rose To 188,000 In June, Reaching 1 Million Total Encounters So Far In 2021

Migrant Apprehension At Southern Border Rose To 188,000 In June, Reaching 1 Million Total Encounters So Far In 2021

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
July 16, 2021

Custom and Border Patrol apprehended and arrested more than 188,000 migrants at the southern border in June, marking the fourth straight month reaching another new highest one-month record bringing the total number of encounters for this fiscal year (FY) 2021 to over 1 million.

According to new confirmed CBP data released Friday, the 188,829 apprehensions in June saw an increase of 4.5 percent from May’s reported numbers of 180,034 that were intercepted at the border. The majority of the 188,000 migrants apprehended were single adult migrants. According to CBP statistics, 113,838 single adults were encountered at the border in June, down 3.8 percent from the 117,920 in May.

CBP notes that 104,907 single adult migrants were expelled under Title 42 public health protections, down 7.3 percent compared to last month that saw 113,198. Title 42 was implemented last year amid the COVID pandemic, allowing CBP to expel migrants instead of holding them in detention facilities. It is also the only policy means left under the Biden administration for border patrol use in order to deport illegal immigrants attempting to cross the southern border.

However, it was recently reported that the Biden administration is planning to end Title 42 by the end of the month due to its gradual unraveling of many of former President Donald Trump’s border policies. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is leading a charge in the Senate by introducing a bill — the SHIELD Act or “Securing the Homeland from International Entrants with Life-threatening Diseases Act,” to prevent President Biden from ending the public health order, as well as “codify” the policy to give border officials the ability to immediately turn away people attempting to enter the country and spread the coronavirus or the potential new variant.

Thirty-four percent of encounters in June 2021 were individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 14 percent for Fiscal Years 2014-2019.

The month of June saw an increase of unaccompanied children encountered at the border by 8 percent, with 15,253 encounters compared to 14,137 in May 2021. According to the CBP statistics, the number of family units increased by 25 percent to 55,805 in June 2021, up from 44,746 in May.

In April, 178,622 illegals were apprehended at the border, while March saw 172,331 encounters — marking the first time this year that saw numbers reaching over 170,000 apprehensions recorded since 2000. In each of the last four months of this year, at least 180,000 migrants were reported stopped at the border.

June number now brings the total number of border encounters for FY 2021 to over 1 million. The last six months are higher in comparison to the total numbers reported for all of FY 2020 of 458,000 and 977,509 in all of FY 2019.

“We are in the hottest part of the summer, and we are seeing a high number of distress calls to CBP from migrants abandoned in treacherous terrain by smugglers with no regard for human life,” CBP acting Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement.

“Although CBP does everything it can to locate and rescue individuals who are lost or distressed, the bottom line is this: The terrain along the border is extreme, the summer heat is severe, and the miles of desert migrants must hike after crossing the border in many areas are unforgiving,” Miller added.

Compared to 2020, the numbers of migrants apprehended are astonishingly higher. Just 33,049 migrants were encountered in June of last year — six times higher in comparison to the numbers of June 2021. It is also higher than the numbers reported back in June 2019, which saw 104,311 migrants apprehended.

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll reported last week finds that 51 percent of respondents are dissatisfied with Biden’s handling of the border crisis.

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.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

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