US Border Patrol agents made fewer arrests last month after record high in May
The agency said about 26% of arrests in June involved repeat border crossers, with agents arresting 153,379 unique people. A month earlier, agents had arrested 177,793 individuals—about a 14% difference, the agency said.
Border Patrol agents have been dealing with record numbers of illegal border crossings for almost two years, with sharp increases this spring as pandemic-era travel restrictions eased.
Among those arrested in June, 68%, or roughly 140,000, were single adults, according to US Customs and Border Protection figures. Approximately 51,000 were migrants crossing as a family.
Both those numbers decreased from May, by 16% and 13% respectively, the agency said. But arrests of unaccompanied children increased by 4% in June, to 15,721 from 14,678 in May, the data show.
The US-Mexico border technically remains closed to asylum seekers under a public-health law known as Title 42. It was initially implemented by the Trump administration at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to expel nearly all migrants caught crossing the border illegally and block others from asking for protections at legal border crossings. The Biden administration has sought to ease those restrictions but has so far been blocked by federal courts from doing so.
In June, border agents used Title 42 to expel about 90,000 people arrested crossing the border illegally, while the rest were processed under traditional immigration laws.
The large number of expulsions over the past two years of the pandemic has contributed to a higher-than-usual number of migrants making multiple attempts to cross the border, CPB said in its press release announcing the June numbers.
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