The number of undocumented migrants on the US-Mexico border increased 70% in March to 172,331, hitting a 15-year high.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said today that the number of unaccompanied children captured by CBP has doubled to 18,663. Another 227 children were stopped by immigration officials at the border gates, bringing the total number of unaccompanied children to 18,890 in March
According to CBP, nearly 104,000 people who crossed the border were deported, mainly returning to Mexico, according to Covid-19 epidemic prevention rules.
However, unaccompanied children with tens of thousands of migrants with both families and young children are allowed to stay, posing a major political and social challenge to the fledgling government of the General. Governor Joe Biden.
Most of the migrants come from Mexico and Central American countries such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and more and more people are coming in large groups. CBP said the main cause was “violence, natural disasters, food insecurity and poverty” in Mexico and Central America countries.
“This is not new,” said Troy Miller, the CBP official. “The number of migrants pouring into the border has continued to increase since April 2020”.
CBP predicts about 184,000 unaccompanied minors will cross the border into the country in fiscal year 2021. This is more than twice as high as the 76,020 children who made their way into the United States during the annual immigration crisis. 2019.
CBP currently holds more than 5,000 migrant children, while the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) holds more than 11,000 children.
Huyen Le (According to the AFP)