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WH after hours news dump – border crossings remain at a 21-year high, more than 180,000 in May

Kaylee Greenlee, DCNF

Border officials apprehended over 180,000 migrants at the southern border in May, surpassing the record highs set in March and April, Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials apprehended over 173,000 migrants in March and more than 178,000 in April, according to the agency. Officials apprehended over 530,000 migrants between January and April, compared with just under 350,000 during the same period in 2019, the agency reported.

“Single adults continue to make up the majority of these encounters,” the agency said in a statement. “In May 2021, CBP expelled 112,302 individuals under Title 42,” the provision that allows border agents to expel migrants to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, according to CBP.

“CBP continues to expel single adults and family units that are encountered pursuant to CDC guidance under Title 42 authority,” CBP said.

Border agents expelled 62 percent of those encountered in May under Title 42, the agency said.

Vice President Kamala Harris discouraged would-be migrants in Guatemala from traveling to the U.S. during a Monday press conference, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

“I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: do not come, do not come,” Harris said.

Over 15,000 single adults from Guatemala attempted to enter the U.S. in May, while nearly 62,000 Mexican nationals attempted to illegally cross into the U.S., according to CBP.

“Encounters along the Southwest Border of unaccompanied children and single minors from Northern Triangle countries dropped again this month by 23 percent, with 10,765 encounters in May 2021 compared with 13,940 in April 2021,” CBP said in a statement. “Encounters of family units from Northern Triangle countries also dropped again, decreasing by 31 percent to 22,630 in May 2021, down from 32,674 in April.”

More than 20,000 migrants from countries other than Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador attempted to enter the U.S. in May, according to CBP. Less than 40,000 migrants from countries other than Mexico or the Northern Triangle region of Central America attempted to enter the U.S. in the fiscal year 2018.

“The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a larger-than-usual number of noncitizens making multiple border crossing attempts, and means total encounters somewhat overstate the number of unique individuals arriving at the border,” according to CBP. “Thirty-eight percent of encounters in May 2021 were individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 15 percent for Fiscal Years 2014-2019.”

Over 86% of migrants apprehended in March were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, while more than 90,000 migrants apprehended in April were from the same region, according to CBP.

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