Over 171,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border in March, up from 78,442 in January, according to preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data reviewed by The Washington Post.
It is the highest monthly total since 2006, signifying the sheer amount of people mostly fleeing Central America, especially unaccompanied minors.
In March, according to The Post‘s Friday report, CBP detained over 18,800 unaccompanied minors—a mind-boggling 99% increase from February. This easily surpasses the previous one-month high record of 11,861 in May 2019, as the newspaper noted.
The surge in the amount of migrants arriving as part of family groups last month skyrocketed to over 53,000, a massive uptick from 19,246 in February and 7,294 in January, according to the preliminary figures.
According to The Post, a current CBP official and a former CBP official who have seen the preliminary figures confirmed their accuracy to the newspaper.
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Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”
Speaking on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show, Biggs stated “[I]t’s actually gonna have to be necessary.” Biggs then added his thoughts on how many more people will continue to cross the border under Biden: “Because by the time Trump gets back in office, you will have had over 10 million, in my opinion, over 10 million illegal aliens cross our border and come into the country, under the Biden regime.”
“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”
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