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June saw an increase in migrants detained at the southern border of the United States.

July 18, 2021July 18, 2021

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The number of migrants detained while trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico rose 4.5% in June, despite predictions of a decline in arrivals due to high summer temperatures, according to official figures released Friday.

A total of 188,829 people were intercepted trying to cross the southern US border without an official travel document last month, up from 180,641 in May and just over 33,000 a year ago, the US Customs and Border Protection Office said. United (CBP).

The minors who crossed without their parents or guardians, whom the government has promised to resettle in the United States instead of returning to Mexico, totaled 15,253. This represents more than 500 arrests a day, almost 8% more compared to May, although below the peak in March.

Migrants who tried to enter family groups with young children, who in some cases have been allowed to stay in the United States, increased almost 25%, to 55,805.

CBP data does not specify how many migrants managed to cross illegally, but experts believe that a rise in those captured indicates a similar increase in clandestine income.

Approximately a third of those arrested in June were from Mexico, and then from three Central American countries (the so-called Northern Triangle made up of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) and Ecuador. Others came from Venezuela and Nicaragua, 7,000 of each.

CBP emphasized that while the numbers are high, about a third of those captured in June had already been intercepted and returned to Mexico or elsewhere at least once in the past 12 months.

Migratory flows to the United States decreased notably due to the pandemic, although they grew slightly again in late 2020 and more markedly since Joe Biden’s arrival at the White House in January.

Republicans accuse the Democratic president of provoking a “border crisis” by relaxing the immigration policies of his predecessor Donald Trump.

The United States, however, continues to automatically deport all adults traveling alone and a large portion of their families, under Title 42, a rule adopted in 2020 to counter the spread of COVID-19.

Officials in the Biden administration, led by Vice President Kamala Harris, have sought to expand cooperation with the governments of the migrants’ countries of origin in hopes of stopping irregular migration, but so far they have had little result.

Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller warned of dangerous weather conditions along the country’s southern border, which have led to dozens of deaths this year.

“This is the hottest part of the summer and we are seeing a lot of distress calls to CBP from migrants abandoned by human smugglers with no regard for human life,” Miller said in a statement.

Temperatures on the southern US border regularly topped 43 degrees Celsius in June.

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