Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday 宣布 那 212,672 7 月在南部边境遇到移民, 一个 13% 增加已经很大的 188,000 六月的移民遭遇. 在七月 2020, 有只是 40,929 相遇.
That is the highest in 21 years and well beyond anything encountered in recent years. On Customs and Border Protection’s Southwest Land Border data center, the start includes data going back to FY 2018 and until recently did not require anything above 150,000 之后 144,116 migrant encounters in May 2019 — at the peak of that year’s border crisis.
然而, it passed the 150,000 mark in March, when the number of encounters shot up from 101,098 in February to 173,283.
Since then however, that number has continued to rise, and in June, 曾经有 188,934 相遇 — yet another high and one that closed in on the ceiling of the graph.
With Thursday’s announcement, CBP had to add another 50,000 layer to their graph.
In his speech Thursday, Mayorkas emphasized that many of those 212,000 resulted in expulsions under Title 42 public health protections, 与 95,788 标题 42 removals. 然而, that number is lower than in June, 什么时候 104,907 migrants were removed under Title 42. He also said that 27% of those encountered had at least one prior encounter in the past 12 月.
Republicans have blamed the Biden administration for the crisis at the border, particularly due to the rollback of Trump-era policies, like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and the ending of wall construction.
Mayorkas blamed root causes in Central America like corruption, poverty and violence as well as pointing to the “resurgence” of the American economy “and the gleam of the American promise once again” as a factor. He also conceded that the ending of the Trump-era policies had an effect.
“Another reason is the end of the cruel policies of the past administration and the restoration of the rule of laws of this country that Congress has passed, including our asylum laws that provide humanitarian relief,” 他说.
He emphasized his commitment to the administration’s plan to open up avenues for asylum while tackling the root causes in Central America and targeting smugglers.
“We have a plan, we are executing our plan and that takes time,” 他说.
然而, he spoke privately to Border Patrol agents and told them that the situation is “unsustainable.”
“A couple of days ago I was down in Mexico, and I said look, 你懂, if, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable,” Mayorkas said, 根据 leaked audio obtained by Fox News. “We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue and our system isn’t built for it.”
福克斯新闻’ Bill Melugin contributed to this report.