The variety of migrant arrivals alongside the U.S. southern border climbed in March to the best stage in additional than twenty years, based on new authorities knowledge.
The Department of Homeland Security mentioned in a court docket submitting Friday that there have been 221,303 encounters with migrants alongside the border with Mexico border final month, a brand new excessive underneath the Biden administration.
The March figures, first reported by CBS News, mix statistics reported by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Border Patrol.
It was the third time month-to-month border arrivals within the southwest surpassed 200,000 since President Joe Biden took workplace.
The spike comes on the heels of an announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who mentioned the administration will quickly finish the Trump-era public well being rule generally known as Title 42, which the federal government has used because the begin of the coronavirus pandemic to expel migrants who try and cross the U.S.-Mexico border, together with asylum-seekers, citing the unfold of Covid.
The knowledge for March included figures exhibiting there have been 109,549 expulsions underneath Title 42.
Federal officers have raised issues a few additional surge at the southern border after the general public well being coverage is now not applied. Since it was first enacted in March 2020, the coverage has been used to expel greater than 1.7 million migrants.
The impending termination of Title 42 has come underneath harsh GOP criticism, with Republican lawmakers and even some Democratic centrists — Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia; Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona; and Jon Tester of Montana — demanding Biden maintain off on making the change.
Republicans have indicated they plan on making immigration a key midterm marketing campaign concern, explicit in battleground states and districts as Democrats face an uphill battle to defend their slim majorities within the House and Senate this November.
Cristian Santana contributed.