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BORDER CRISIS: Almost 675% increase in May border crossings versus May 2020

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Over 180,000 people attempted to cross the southern border in May alone, according to the latest report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This is a 674.7% increase from May 2020. It is also a 1% increase from April 2021, which already broke 20-year records.

Vice President Harris returned recently from her trip to Guatemala, where she implored the people to not come to the border. In May, Guatemalans made up just under 15% of encounters. Meanwhile, 40% were Mexican, 17% were Hondurans and only 5% were Salvadorians.

But over 160 countries were represented among the people attempting to cross the border. In May, this “other” group was the second overall represented, with 40,607 found at the border, making up 22% of all encounters. That number has quintupled since January, which saw only over 9,000.

The number of unaccompanied children at the border decreased. In April, there were 2,895 but in May there were only 640. These children also spent less time in CBP facilities. In March, a child was in their custody for an average of 133 hours, then down to 92 hours in April, and down to a 26 hour average in May.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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