Number of unaccompanied migrant children on the rise last month, reports CBP
McALLEN, Texas (Border report) – A quarter of all migrants apprehended crossing the southwest border in November had already entered the United States, most already returned due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data released Friday by Customs and Human Rights Protection. American borders.
There were 173,620 migrant encounters along the southwestern border with Mexico in November – a 5% increase from October – and of those encountered, 25% crossed the border illegally during the last year, CBP Reports. This figure represents a decrease of 4% compared to the previous month.
Nationally, there were 197,383 meetings in November, an increase of less than 3% from the previous month. October marked the third consecutive month of decline in encounters with unauthorized migrants.
The monthly assessment report shows that two-thirds of all migrants apprehended along the southwest border in November were single adults – 66% – bringing the total number of arrests by law enforcement to 114,419. That’s a 5% increase from October, according to CBP.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, more than half, or 87,341 of all migrants apprehended along the southwest border last month have been deported under Title 42 health orders, which are in place. since March 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Federal authorities returned 11,155 family members of migrants who attempted to enter U.S. soil under Title 42, a quarter of all families who crossed the southwest border.
CBP officials attributed the high number of migrants making multiple crossings due to pushbacks from the pandemic.
“The large number of deportations during the pandemic contributed to a higher than usual number of migrants making multiple attempts to cross borders, meaning the total number of encounters somewhat overstates the number of unique individuals. arriving at the border, âthe report said.
There was also a 9% increase in the number of unaccompanied migrant children who crossed the border in November compared to October. And the average number of children held by CBP has increased dramatically, averaging 962 per day, up from 595 per day in October.
As the holidays approach, it seems that there are more and more unaccompanied young people crossing the dangerous border.
Data sent Thursday evening from the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services shows there were 12,624 children in HHS custody on Thursday and 344 in CBP custody. And that more than 900 children were detained by CBP last month.
The number of unaccompanied minors arrested so far in fiscal year 2022 far exceeds the number of young people apprehended in the first months of the previous three fiscal years. More than 12,000 young people were detained in October and November.
By comparison, no more than 3,400 young people were apprehended during the same period in 2020 and the number did not exceed 6,000 during those months in 2019, according to data from CBP.
CBP also reports that nationwide drug seizures are up 90% from October.
In November, CBP officials seized nearly 1,545 shipments containing counterfeit goods worth $ 335 million, according to the report.
South Texas correspondent Sandra Sanchez can be reached at [email protected]