Friday, March 1, 2024

The US intercepted more than 300,000 migrants at its southwest border in December alone

US immigration authorities detained 302,034 migrants and asylum seekers at the southwest border in December, a record number for the past three years, according to figures published this Friday by the Customs and Border Control Office (CBP). The data for December represents an increase of more than 20% compared to November when the number stood at nearly 242,500 migrants placed in CBP custody. The arrests in December represented the highest monthly number since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021.

Most people are detained, more than 249,785 people crossed into the territory of the United States irregularly, according to the CBP. The rest are handed over to immigration authorities at a port of entry.

CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement that his agency continues to use all available resources to ensure border security. But he said they need support from the US Congress to approve more resources. Due to the high flow of migrants arriving at the country’s southwest border in the last months of 2023, CBP was forced to reassign agents and suspend the process at various border port stops in Texas, Arizona, and California.

This Friday, President Biden forced Congress to advance a legislative agreement that imposes more immigration restrictions on the country’s southern border in exchange for a new economic aid package for Ukraine. In a statement, the president asked lawmakers to give the green light to this legal text, which was negotiated by senators from the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, to “address the border situation.” “If you’re serious about the border crisis, pass a bipartisan bill, and I’ll sign it,” the president argued. However, the project still does not have enough support in the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Republicans, to be approved.

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