Just days prior to the court-ordered ending of Title 42 and the broader pandemic public health emergency, the daily average of illegal immigration attempts was near 10,000 persons. The Border Patrol has said that since Friday, illegal attempts of migrants are down to an average of 4,400 times a day. The average includes less than 4,000 migrants each of the last two days, said Blas Nunez-Neto, assistant homeland security secretary for border and immigration policy.
The Biden administration has implemented new border restrictions in recent months. 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 Biden administration has been promoting a carrot-and-stick strategy that couples new legal pathways to the U.S. with consequences for those who don't use them. The new legal pathways include allowing up to 30,000 Venezuelans, Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans to enter the U.S. monthly if they apply online with a financial sponsor and arrive by plane.
The U.S. has also been admitting 1,000 people a day at land crossings with Mexico if they apply in northern Mexico on a mobile app called CBPOne.
For those who still attempt to enter illegally, the Biden administration now generally denies asylum to anyone who travels via ground through another country on their way to the U.S. without seeking protection in a foreign country — effectively all non-Mexicans who appear at the U.S. southern border.
This blanket refusal of allowing migrants entry across the US Border has resulted in the numbers of people seeking to enter illegally to plunge, and encourages them to seek asylum in the U.S. legally, from another country.