WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The number of migrant fears at the southern border of the United States rose for the fourth straight month in May.
During May, 239,416 migrant arrests were registered, a 2% increase compared to 235,478 encounters in April and a 33% increase compared to 180,597 in May 2021, the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) reported on Wednesday. ,
The past few months have been the busiest in decades, but comparisons to pre-pandemic levels are difficult because migrants evacuated under a public health measure known as Title 42 appear to have no legal consequences, giving them many The bar allows those trying to enter the country. opportunity. Officials have said that 25% of encounters were with people who were detained at least once last year, compared to 15% in the five years preceding the COVID-19 pandemic. .
President Joe Biden’s administration planned to abolish Title 42 on May 23, but a federal judge in Louisiana blocked the move three days ago. Since the public health rule came into force in March 2020, migrants have been expelled more than 2 million times without being given the opportunity to apply for asylum.
Over 40% of encounters during May were headline 42, almost all of them adults traveling alone. The rule was applied to one in six households with children under the age of 18. Minors accompanied by an adult are exempted from the measure.
Arrivals of many nationalities increased, but disappeared, even after the number of Ukrainians entered Mexico from Mexico during April to over 20,000. The US government announced later that month that Ukrainians traveling from Mexico would no longer be allowed to cross the border.
In addition to its citizens, Mexico receives back migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who have been expelled under Title 42. Cost, distance in relationships, and other factors make it difficult for the United States to repatriate migrants from other countries.
Cubans, who are rarely prosecuted under Title 42, are responsible for the second most encounters on the border after only Mexicans. Several arrivals of people from Colombia, Haiti and Nicaragua were also recorded.