Just in April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered 178,622 migrants attempting to cross the southwest land border. Last April, there were only 17,106 encounters. That’s a 944% increase. The annual total for 2021 so far is 749,613 migrants at the southwest border.
The numbers of unaccompanied minors are unlike anything seen before. April saw 17,171 minors, while last year in April there were only 741. Even then, April 2021 saw a slight decrease of 9% unaccompanied minors when compared to March 2021. However, immigration overall increased from March to April by 3%. The Biden administration recently announced a new procedure for processing these abandoned children, which might also cause a shift in the numbers later this year.
2020 and 2018 saw fewer migrants crossing the border than 2021 has seen this year so far. In 2018, there were 521,090, in 2019 there were 977,509 and in 2021 there were 458,088.
President Biden has previously claimed that immigration tends to increase this time of year, every year. The data from 2018-2019 supports his claim, but the increase for 2021 is significantly more than previous years’ increases. Since January, there has been an increase in migrants by anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 every month. Previous years only saw increases of 6,000 to 20,000 every month. Further, 2020 saw a decrease from October to April.
Mexican migrants topped the list of recent encounters, with 65,555 attempting to cross the southwest border. Honduras followed with 38,143, next Guatemala with 30,014 and finally El Salvador with 11,033. All other nationalities made up a decent group of 33,877.
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Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens tweeted recently, on May 17, that agents under his command apprehended 2,849 migrants last weekend. However, as migrants no longer want to wait for Title 42 to end, they have surged the border.
In a Breitbart exclusive, the media outlet reported the “number will be eclipsed as it appears the total could approach 4,000 this weekend.” Unfortunately, “the migrants did not appear to know or understand that the Title 42 will not end on Monday due to a federal court order. They expressed they were simply tired of waiting” the report adds.
Between April 1st and May 15 of this year, approximately 513,000 migrants illegally crossed the southern border.
Breitbart notes “whether Title 42 ends or not, migrants say they are tired of waiting and surged across the Rio Grande into the Eagle Pass, Texas, area of operations. As many as 3,600 crossed so far this weekend — eclipsing last weekend’s total of just over 2,800 migrant apprehensions in the Del Rio Sector — according to a source operating within U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”
In just a couple of hours on Sunday evening, agents apprehended more than 700 migrants. Agents identified majority of the migrants as Honduran nationals, and some as Colombian.
One source told Breitbart resources were not available to transport migrants from the border to the processing station. It also appears the NGOs who regularly shelter the migrants are overloaded as migrants are reportedly being dropped off at an Eagle Pass Stripes convenience store.
“The crossings are not without danger. On Saturday, seven migrants were swept off their feet in the middle of the night forcing Border Patrol agents to jump into action to save their lives” Breitbart Texas reported. Those seven were lucky, whereas the bodies of three migrants were recovered at the Del Rio Sector.
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