Di lunedi, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas conceded that border crossings “remain high,” but touted the progress the administration has made reducing the number of children in US Border Patrol custody over the past month.
“The numbers remain high, whether they are as high as March is yet undetermined,” he said on CBS “Questa mattina.”
Nel mese di marzo, CBP encountered 171,700 migranti
, including a record number of unaccompanied children
Internal government estimates in March indicated an upward trend in encounters
, which were expected to rise month-by-month
, according to the projections at the time
While total arrests in April have yet to be finalized, the acceleration of apprehensions appears to have slowed. Part of the reason, according to current and former officials, may be tightened security on Mexico’s southern border — part of ongoing discussions with the US.
CBP did not respond to requests for comment.
L'amministrazione Biden, which has been grappling with the months-long surge in border crossings, put the emphasis on moving families and children out of US Border Patrol custody as fast as possible to alleviate overcrowding and prolonged stays in jail-like facilities.
On that front
, the administration has made progress
. The number of unaccompanied migrant children held Border Patrol custody dropped significantly in the span of a month
, CNN previously reported
But the pace of daily apprehension hasn’t significantly abated. The decrease in custody numbers has “given a little breathing room” for US officials at the border, but the high numbers continue to pull attention and personnel away from other national security and border security efforts, ha detto il funzionario.
The number of people that Border Patrol is unable to apprehend has alarmed border authorities, ha detto il funzionario.
Recentemente, an average of around 1,500 people daily have evaded law enforcement at the border, the number of so called “got aways” that the agency detects through a variety of technological and other tracking efforts, according to the official.