Since Title 42 ended in May, the Biden administration expected the policies that were initiated would help slow down the number of migrants crossing the southern border. Initially, President Joe Biden agreed days later when numbers were slower than in the past.
Now four months later, the large number of migrants crossing the southern border has resumed.
Arizona is seeing a large influx of migrants cross its border.
San Diego is releasing migrants on its streets since they are overwhelmed.
Now Texas is expecting to release migrants on the street as well in El Paso.
The Tucson sector was the number one crossing point for migrants this summer, but that is slowly changing according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
According to data from August 3, the top five cities with migrant crossings were:
When compared to the last two years when President Joe Biden was in office, the number of migrant encounters has decreased this year, but the numbers are high and trending upward before the fiscal year ends.
Here are two charts from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol that show the total number by year, and then the breakdown of migrant encounters by month.
It is hard to say if the current number of migrants will surpass previous years. That will have to wait until August and September numbers are released. But June and July showed a spike in migrant encounters according to the Customs and Border Protection Report.
Last year, the number of migrant encounters set a record just shy of 2.4 million according to Migration Policy. This year, the total number is 1.9 million so it will be close.
Do you think migrant encounters will break a new record this year?