Posted on May 12, 2021

US Border Apprehensions Jump in April

Agence France-Presse, May 11, 2021

Apprehensions of undocumented immigrants at the US border with Mexico rose to a fresh 15-year high in April as the Biden administration failed to deter migrants, official data showed Tuesday.

US Customs and Border Protection reported it had interdicted 178,622 people trying to enter the United States without official immigration papers last month, up more than 5,000 from March’s high numbers.

The figure was also more than ten times that of April 2020, when a tough crackdown by president Donald Trump’s government was in place.

But migrants of all types — single adults, families, and unaccompanied children — have sought to take advantage of a perceived easier treatment from the administration of President Joe Biden to try and enter the United States.

In April the number of single adults trying to enter the country across the southwest border from Mexico rose 10 percent over March to 111,301, CBP said.

People arriving in family units, often with very small children, topped 50,000, down about eight percent from March.

And unaccompanied children, which the Biden administration is permitting to stay in the United States with relatives, numbered 17,171, down from 18,890 in March.


Four-fifths of the migrants are from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. {snip}