After the Biden administration announced stricter immigration measures on the Southern border, illegal border crossings have dropped sharply for the second month in a row.
According to data released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the numbers of migrants illegally attempting to cross the border decreased from 220,000+ in December 2022 to just over 128,000 in January and February 2023– adjusted for those who make repeat attempts, those numbers are in the 100,000 range.
The lowest number of encounters per month since February 2021, according to the data.
Biden made a deal with Mexico to take back Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans under a pandemic-era rule that denies migrants the right to seek asylum as part of an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Once the controversial Trump-era border restriction known as Title 42 expires in May, by order of the Supreme Court, the Biden administration has also proposed generally denying asylum to anyone who travels through another country on their way to the U.S. without seeking protection there — effectively all non-Mexicans who appear at the U.S. southern border.
Migrants encountered under Title 42 are either expelled to their home countries or into Mexico. Under the policy, authorities have expelled migrants at the US-Mexico border nearly 2.5 million times in less than three years, according to US Customs and Border Protection data.
Blanket refusal of allowing migrants entry across the US Border results in the numbers of people seeking to enter illegally to plunge.
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