Encounters of migrants in March surpassed 221,000, the highest number since Biden took office
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The number of migrants encountered at the southern border passed the 220,000 mark in March, marking the highest number seen under President Biden, numbers that are likely to further fuel bipartisan fears of unprecedented migrant smuggling in the coming months as the Biden administration will remove the 42nd title of public health order.
Customs and border protection said in a court statement Friday that 221,303 migrants were met at the southern border in March. This is about 28% more than in March 2021, when 173,277 migrants were encountered. In March 2020, only 34,460 migrants were encountered at the border.
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The number is higher than last year’s high of 213,953 in July and is the third time under Biden that there have been more than 200,000 migrants at the border, which occurred in just two months at the peak of the 2021 surge. have decreased since July, remained relatively high compared to the same months of previous years, never falling below 150,000. Now, with the spring and summer months approaching, they are already well above 200,000.
There have now been 1,026,460 meetings in the first 6 months of fiscal year 22, which began in October. In the first six months of the FY 21 record, there were only 570,826 fights. This means that the first six months of fiscal year 22 increased by 79% compared to the first 6 months of the record fiscal year 21.
The surge in trafficking in March came as there was talk of the Biden administration’s revocation of the Title 42 public health order, which has been used since March 2020 to remove the majority of migrants at the border due to the COVID pandemic. 19. The administration eventually confirmed on April 1 that it would revoke the order on May 23. Since then, border officials have frequently encountered between 7,000 and 8,000 migrants a day.
Documents show that there were 123,304 removals in March, 109,549 of whom were deported under Title 42, while 80,127 migrants were released in the United States, including 36,777 migrants granted humanitarian probation, which means who are entitled to work permits.
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Both Democrats and Republicans, as well as officials within the administration, have predicted that there will be a further increase in the number once the Title 42 order is lifted, as migrants will be lured to the border knowing that it is more likely. to be released in The US administration has reportedly planned scenarios of up to 18,000 migrants per day.
DEMOCRATS AND SENATE REPUBLICANS TOGETHER TO STOP THE REVOCATION OF TITLE 42
The impending end of Title 42 and the anticipated wave of migrants led to a significant bipartisan push back. Republican states have sued to stop the order’s lifting, while a number of moderate Democrats have called on the administration to change course.
“Title 42 was put in place due to a public health emergency. It shouldn’t be around forever, but right now this administration doesn’t have a plan. I warned them about this months ago,” Senator Mark Kelly , D-Ariz. he told reporters this week.
Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., called the decision to end the order “appalling”.
“We are already facing an unprecedented increase in migrants this year, and the situation will only get worse if the administration ends the Title 42 policy,” he said. “We are not at all prepared to deal with this influx.”
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Meanwhile, on the Republican side, Rep John Katko, R-NY, said border patrol agents are already facing overwhelming numbers even before facing the end of title 42
“They are overwhelmed. They will lose complete operational control of the border if and when that surge occurs,” Katko, who is the senior member of the House Internal Security Committee, said in “Special Report” this week. “Everyone, including Home Secretary Mayorkas, understands that a surge is coming after the demise of the 42 title.”
Fox News’s Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.