FIRST ON FOX: There have been greater than 200,000 migrant encounters on the southern border in August, a DHS supply informed Fox Information on Wednesday, the second month in a row the place the quantity has been over the 200,000 mark as migrants proceed to try to enter the U.S.
The supply informed Fox that there have been 208,887 encounters in August. Whereas it marks the primary lower in migrant encounters seen below the Biden administration, the place migrant encounters have been sharply rising for months, it’s only a 2% drop over the greater than 212,000 encounters in July.
Moreover, the 208,887 quantity for August represents a 317% improve over final August 2020 which noticed 50,014 apprehensions — and a 233% improve over August 2019, the place there have been 62,707 apprehensions throughout that 12 months’s border disaster.
Of these encounters, 49% have been single adults, down 7% from July. Of the encounters, 44% have been expelled by way of Title 42 public well being protections put in place below the Trump administration and prolonged by the Biden administration.
The Biden administration has been expelling single adults and a few migrant households below the order, carried out as a consequence of COVID-19, however has not been expelling unaccompanied youngsters or migrant households with younger youngsters.
There have been 18,847 encounters of unaccompanied youngsters in August, down barely from July, and 86.487 encounters of household items, marking a 4% improve over July.
A CBP spokesperson informed Fox Information it doesn’t present preliminary knowledge earlier than the August knowledge is posted to its web site, which they mentioned could be printed in coming days.
The Biden administration has confronted fierce criticism for its dealing with of the disaster alongside the U.S.-Mexico border, which Republican critics have blamed on the dramatic rollback of Trump-era insurance policies like border wall development and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). It has additionally narrowed inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities and pushed laborious for legalization of unlawful immigrants already within the nation. It has additionally been releasing migrants into the inside, processing UACs to sponsors already within the nation and releasing migrant households — angering Republican governors and different lawmakers.
The Biden administration has pushed again, blaming the Trump administration for sealing off authorized pathways to asylum, whereas emphasizing the position that root causes — like poverty, violence and corruption in Central America — play in encouraging migrants to journey north.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas mentioned the administration meant to proceed with its border technique, which he mentioned includes rebuilding “protected, authorized and orderly pathways for migrants,” bettering processing, and going after smugglers.
“We’ve a plan, we’re executing our plan and that takes time,” he mentioned last month when he introduced the July border numbers.
He additionally informed Border brokers in audio leaked to Fox Information that the scenario is “unsustainable.”
“A few days in the past I used to be down in Mexico, and I mentioned look, you realize, if, if our borders are the primary line of protection, we will lose and that is unsustainable,” Mayorkas mentioned. “We will not proceed like this, our folks within the subject can’t proceed and our system is not constructed for it.”
The administration was dealt a big authorized blow just lately when the Supreme Court docket refused to delay an order forcing the Biden administration to re-implement the Migrant Protection Protocols — a Trump-era coverage that retains migrants in Mexico as they await their listening to.
DHS has mentioned it’s engaged on implementing that order in good religion, whereas a Border Patrol supply in La Joya, Texas, informed Fox Information that they’re now sending all households again to Mexico, except they’ve a toddler below the age of 1, or if a migrant is pregnant.
Fox Information’ Jennifer Girdon, Invoice Melugin and Jonathan Hunt contributed to this report.