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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