This month sees a drop in migrant influx in the US
For the first time this year, the number of immigrants taken into custody by immigration authorities after crossing the Southwest border dropped in June.
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday that about 104,000 migrants had been taken into custody after crossing the Southwest border — a 28% drop from May.
Migrant flows typically slow down in the hotter summer months, and federal officers credited Mexico with doing extra to safe its borders and stop migrants from crossing into the U.S.
Nonetheless, the number of migrants DHS reported taking into custody remains high. DHS noted that that the full number of apprehensions in the first six months of this yr is 140% increased than the same period last year.
“We’re still in an ongoing border security and humanitarian crisis,” the department mentioned in a statement. “We’re previous the breaking level and in a full-blown emergency. This case should not be acceptable to any of us.”
Immigration authorities apprehended more than 144,000 unauthorized border crossers in May, together with a report variety of families and unaccompanied minors. A lot of them are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America and in search of asylum.
The inflow led to overcrowded and unsanitary conditions for migrants in detention — which has sparked a rising national outcry.
The DHS inspector basic warned last week about “dangerous overcrowding” in Border Patrol amenities within the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, and last month migrant children reported being held in horrible situations without sufficient food and basic requirements in a Border Patrol station in West Texas.