More than 180,000 migrants crossed the US border in May, the highest in 20 years and up slightly from last month.
The number of migrants arriving in the United States through its southern border with Mexico remained high during May, despite sustained diplomatic efforts by the Biden administration to stem the tide.
According to statistics released by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), 180,034 people were apprehended along the US-Mexico border in May, up from 178,622 the previous month.
The number of children traveling alone, however, fell to 10,765 according to the figures, from 13,940 in April. The numbers showed a significant drop from the record high of 18,951 in March.
In May, CBP encountered more than 180,000 people attempting to enter along the southwest border. This total represents a 1% increase from April.
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The statistics released on Wednesday were the highest in 20 years and follow Vice President Kamala Harris’s diplomatic trip to Guatemala and Mexico to find ways to reduce migration from Central America.
On Monday, she sent a direct message from Guatemala to those planning to make the trip north, saying, “Don’t come, don’t come.
“If you come to our border, you will be turned away,” Harris warned.
President Joe Biden’s administration, which took office in January, continued to deport the majority of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border through a health order that cites the pandemic, put in place by the former President Donald Trump last year.
According to statistics, CBP deported 112,302 people under “Title 42” during the month of May. The Biden administration exempted unaccompanied minors from Title 42 deportations and allowed them to seek asylum in the United States.
Biden’s Republican rivals accuse him of causing a border rush by exempting minors from deportations and reversing Trump’s other anti-immigration policies.
Immigration advocates have lambasted Biden’s continued use of Title 42 deportations, arguing that it violates U.S. refugee law and is not based on scientific fact.
The Biden administration has also sought to discourage migration from the Northern Triangle – Honduras, El Salvador and Honduras – where the bulk of migrants come from, by addressing the so-called “root causes” of their flight.
Biden administration officials say people are less likely to leave their countries when they have work and education opportunities, when cities are safe, and citizens trust their governments.
The countries of Central America are among the poorest in the region and suffer from rampant poverty, rampant gang violence and chronic corruption.
In recent years, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have also been hit by record storms that have left millions of people in need.
So far, the United States has pledged $ 4 billion to boost development in Central America and $ 310 million in humanitarian aid.
In Guatemala, Harris announced several new commitments to fight drug trafficking, human trafficking and corruption.
But experts say it could take months, if not years, for such plans to take effect. On Tuesday, Harris signed a memorandum of understanding with Mexico that includes a commitment to strengthen security and development cooperation aimed at reducing migration.
On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will travel to Mexico on June 14 and 15 to meet with government officials.