More than 200,000 migrants were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in July, marking the fifth straight month reaching a new record level one-month total and the highest new 21-year month total according to statistics released by Customs and Border Protection.
According to new confirmed CBP data, border officials encountered 212,672 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a 13 percent increase over June, when 188,934 stops were recorded. The July figure far surpasses the peak reported during the last major wave of migration in May 2019 with 144,116 encounters. It is also the highest monthly total in the last 21 years since March 2000, when 220,063 stops were reported at the border.
July’s figure also marks a 171 percent increase over the 78,417 encountered in January and a 160 percent increase over the 81,777 stops in July 2019.
The majority of the 212,000 migrants — 52 percent apprehended continue to be single adult migrants, with 110,443 were encountered in July, a 6 percent decrease from June’s. 113,838 single adults were recorded. CBP notes that 154,288 of the 212.000 apprehended at the border were “unique encounters,” meaning the agency has not encountered them in the past. A total of 845,307 unique individuals have been encountered year-to-date during this calendar year, compared to 796,400 during the same time period in 2019.
However, 27 percent of them had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 14 percent between fiscal years 2014-2019.
Last month, CBP logged more than 1.1 million apprehensions at the southern border for this fiscal year alone. Apprehensions on the southwestern border in July reached an average of more than 6,700 arrests a day.
The month of July saw a major increase of unaccompanied children and family unit individuals encountered at the border. According to the CBP statistics, officials encountered 18,962 unaccompanied children, up 24 percent from the 15,234 in June. In July, the average number of unaccompanied children in CBP custody was 1,363 per day, compared with an average of 794 per day in June.
The number of families encountered by CBP officials increased by 49 percent, from 55,839 in June to 82,966 in July. So far, there have been 328,121 family unit encounters so far this fiscal year. In comparison, there were just 7,296 migrant family encounters in January.
According to the CBP statistics, 95,788 encounters were expelled under Title 42 — a public health order implemented due to the COVID pandemic that allows officials to expel migrants instead of holding them in detention facilities. In total, more than 45 percent of all July encounters total resulted in a Title 42 expulsion, which includes single adults and some family units. 85,563 — 78 percent of total encountered were single adults were processed for expulsion under Title 42 while 9,948 or 12 percent involved family unit.
In May, the reported numbers of 180,034 were intercepted at the border, compared to April’s recording of 178,622 migrants apprehended, while March saw 172,331 encountered — marking the first time this year that saw numbers reaching over 170,000 apprehensions recorded since 2000. The last six months are higher in comparison to the total numbers reported for all of the Fiscal year 2020 of 458,000 and 977,509 in all of 2019.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas discussed the alarming figures during a press conference in Brownsville, Texas, Thursday, describing the southern border crisis as “unprecedented.”
“We are facing a serious challenge at our southern border, and the challenges, of course, made more acute and more difficult because of the COVID 19 pandemic,” Mayorkas said. “We are encountering an unprecedented number of migrants in between the ports of entry at our southern border.
“It is complicated, changing, and involves vulnerable people at a time of a global pandemic,” Mayorkas said Thursday.
President Biden’s decision unraveling many of former President Trump’s border policies, including ending the construction of southern border wall and immediately suspending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy attributed to the record surge of illegals crossing the border, including thousands of daily unaccompanied minors in custody. The Biden administration has been seeing high numbers recorded of migrants encounter of 934,257, the total count since Biden has taken office between February and July.