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Boundary encounters peak under Biden as Title 42 elevator looms

Officials at the US-Mexico border reported 221,303 encounters with migrants in March this year — the most in a single month during the Biden administration — as well as the most arrests in exactly 22 years, according to statistics read Friday in a federal court in Texas was submitted.

The disclosures, made in response to a lawsuit by attorneys general for Texas and Missouri supporting the Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy on asylum seekers, point to a 34% increase in encounters from February’s 164,973 stops were reported.

Prior to March this year, the most meetings during the current government were 213,593 in July last year and 209,840 in August.

The Biden administration also reported that border patrol officers had arrested 209,906 suspected illegal immigrants, the most since 220,063 arrests reported in March 2000.

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The application was filed more than five weeks before the deadline before the Biden administration abolishes the Title 42 health agency for illegal immigrants. The directive currently allows border authorities to quickly expel migrants due to the COVID-19 pandemic without first hearing their asylum applications.

The number of border crossing attempts is traditionally highest in the months of March, April and May. But new statistics released by Texas border officials suggest the long-feared influx of migrants sparked by the planned May 23 repeal of Title 42 has already begun.

According to the Border Patrol, agents have encountered 10 large groups (defined by authorities as 100 or more people) in the Rio Grande Valley sector of Texas alone in the past week. That number is a third of all major group agents in this sector they’ve encountered since October.

A video posted to Instagram by Rio Grande Valley Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings shows a group of 202 illegal immigrants from Central America, South America and the Caribbean arriving near Roma, Texas, at 3 a.m. Thursday. be arrested. Although the group included family units and unaccompanied minors, just over half of its members – 104 in total – were single adults.

Hours later and about 30 miles to the east, another 135 migrants were arrested near La Grulla. Almost three quarters of this group – 101 in total – were single adults and only three were unaccompanied minors. Migrants taking part in the attempted crossing came from Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba – and Uzbekistan.

“The logistics required to transport and process groups of this size are taxing on manpower and resources as they are typically found in deserted areas not easily accessible by large transport vehicles,” said the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing border agents represented in a statement on Friday.

The numbers from the past few days are even more staggering. Over the past weekend, border officials rounded up four separate large groups totaling 754 people – including 356 adults and 123 unaccompanied children.

Photos of the arrests show dozens of immigrants, outnumbered by only a handful of federal agents.

Migrants in a nocturnal crowd
Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings posted pictures of “two large groups” of migrants on Twitter.
Twitter / @USBPChiefRGV

In the nearby Del Rio sector, the situation is little better.

On April 2 — a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced its intention to repeal Title 42 — US Border Patrol agents spotted a group of 146 migrants near the city of Normandy.

The next day, 140 migrants were found near Normandy, and another 126 were found in the same area the following day.

Two days later, on April 6, Del Rio Sector agents spotted the largest cluster of the current surge. This consisted of 171 migrants, 112 of whom originally came from Cuba and another 24 from Venezuela. The rest comes from Colombia, Peru, Nicaragua and Chile.

Border Patrol officers detain migrants at the Texas, Mexico border.
Border Patrol officers detain migrants in Texas.
Twitter / @USBPChiefRGV
Migrants on dirt road.
The migrant groups were caught near Starr County, Texas.
Twitter / @USBPChiefRGV
A map showing the different sectors of the Border Patrol.
A map showing the different sectors of the Border Patrol.
Government Accounting Office

The Border Patrol did not respond to the Post’s request for an explanation for the increase in large groups. But elected officials and local law enforcement have made it clear that repealing the order will spur many, many more to do so, whether or not there is a direct link between the rise in large illegal immigrant groups and Title 42.

“Once the family learns that others have made it into the country after May 23, we expect the number to increase dramatically,” Border Patrol Officer Jon Anfinsen told The Post on Friday.

In McAllen, Republican Mayor Javier Villalobos asked Biden to keep Title 42 this week, warning in a letter that “no amount of preparation will enable a local government like the city of McAllen to respond to the dramatic surge in undocumented migration that has occurred.” is anticipated”.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/15/migrants-cross-texas-border-by-hundreds-with-title-42-lift-looming/ Boundary encounters peak under Biden as Title 42 elevator looms

JACLYN DIAZ

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