190,000 Migrant Encounters In June Mark 21-Year High

Headline Roundup July 16th, 2021

The  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Friday there were nearly 190,000 migrant encounters at the southern border in June, bringing the total number of migrant encounters for the 2021 fiscal year to more than 1 million. June's numbers also mark the highest number of monthly border encounters since 223,000 migrant encounters were recorded in March 2000. Last June, there were 33,049 migrant encounters; the number of encounters with unaccompanied children also increased from 14,137 in May to 15,253 in June. The CBP said 104,907 migrants were expelled last month under Title 42, a Trump-era public health order that returns migrants to Mexico without the opportunity to claim asylum, and that the higher number of migrant encounters is likely due to repeat encounters with those expelled under Title 42. Some media outlets have reported that the Biden administration plans to end the policy on July 31. 

The story received wide coverage from across the political spectrum; outlets on the left and center tended to focus on the number of migrants, while some outlets on the right highlighted widespread criticism of Vice President Kamala Harris' handling of the border. 

From the Center

Border Patrol agents have made more than a million arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border so far this year, already higher than any full-year total since at least 2005, according to new Customs and Border Protection figures released Friday.

Agents made more than 178,000 arrests in June, a 3% increase over the prior month.

The number of migrants traveling as families crossing the border illegally rose once more in June to around 50,000, a 23% increase over the previous month, prolonging a surge that has posed major political and logistical challenges for the...

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From the Left

U.S. border agents stopped more than 188,000 immigrants trying to cross the southern U.S. border in June, marking a 21-year high in monthly border crossings, as the Biden administration considers lifting Covid-19 restrictions and allowing more immigrants to claim asylum in the U.S.

The numbers were the highest since March 2000, when more than 223,000 immigrants were stopped by the Border Patrol at the southern border.

Of the 188,829 border crossers in June, nearly 105,000 were expelled back into Mexico without being given the chance to claim asylum in the U.S. due to...

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From the Right

There were nearly 190,000 migrant encounters at the southern border in June, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Friday — yet another rise in what were already sky-high border numbers, and bringing the total of encounters in fiscal year (FY) 2021 to more than 1 million.

CBP said that 188,829 migrants were encountered at the southern border, an increase from the 180,034 encountered in May. It is also a sharp rise since when President Biden took office — there were 78,442 encounters in January.

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