Migrant Arrests at Southern Border Reach All-Time High

Headline Roundup October 22nd, 2021

Over 1.7 million unauthorized migrants were apprehended crossing the southern U.S. border in fiscal year 2021, marking an all-time high, according to unpublished Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data obtained by multiple news outlets. Mexico was the biggest source of unauthorized migrants, with roughly 608,000 Mexican nationals apprehended. Prior to 2021, annual southern border apprehensions hadn't totaled more than 1 million since 2009.

The news was covered across the spectrum, with most reports on all sides framing the situation as a political challenge for President Joe Biden. Right-rated outlets gave the news more attention than left- or center-rated outlets did. Coverage from right-rated outlets framed the Biden administration as worthy of blame for the high number of arrests and focused on public disapproval of his job on immigration so far; some also highlighted comments Biden about the southern border made Tuesday, in which he said, "I guess I should go down. But the whole point of it is I haven’t had a whole hell of a lot of time to get down." Conversely, left-rated outlets often highlighted how migrants may be fleeing poor or dangerous conditions in their home countries to seek better lives in the United States.

From the Left

Apprehensions of undocumented migrants crossing the southern U.S. border passed 1.7 million in fiscal year 2021 to hit an all-time high, according to Customs and Border Protection data obtained by NBC News, as U.S. officials turn their attention to a huge new caravan of migrants in southern Mexico that may head north as soon as this weekend.

The caravan gathered in Tapachula, near the Mexico-Guatemala border, includes thousands of migrants fleeing Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba and other Latin American countries, two Department of Homeland Security officials said. Violent clashes with Mexican police...

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From the Right

U.S. authorities detained more than 1.7 million illegal immigrants at the southern border during the 2021 fiscal year that ended in September as arrests by Border Patrol surged to the highest levels ever recorded, according to a new report.

According to unpublished U.S. Customs and Border Protection data obtained by the Washington Post, agents made 1.66 million arrests along the Mexico border only, topping the previous high of 1.64 million taken into custody in 2000 along the Mexico border, the report says.

The new data show Mexico was the single largest source of illegal migration...

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From the Center

Arrests by the Border Patrol are at their highest levels ever, The Washington Post reported early Wednesday, citing unpublished U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. 

The data also reportedly show that authorities detained more than 1.7 million migrants along the border during the fiscal year that ended last month.

Migrants from outside Mexico and Central America, including Haitians, Venezuelans, Ecuadorans, Cubans, Brazilians and migrants from dozens of other nations that the CBP categorized as “other,” accounted for 367,000 arrests, according to the Post.

Approximately 309,000 migrants from Honduras were also detained, along with 279,000 from Guatemala and 96,000 from...

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