September 28, 2021 22:42

April Southwestern Border Detentions Reach 20-Year High

In April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained 178,622 people along the border with  Mexico in the highest number of apprehensions in at least two decades, reports the New York Times. Roughly 63 percent of those detained were expelled from the U.S., while the number of minors taken into custody dropped 12 percent to 13,962 from March. The number of immigrants detained at the southwestern border has risen for 12 straight months, according to Customs and Border Protection data. While President Joe Biden promised to unwind some of Donald Trump’s policies, he has urged immigrants to stay home and has given Customs and Border Protection agents more authority to send detained immigrants back under protocols in place to combat the coronavirus in response to the upsurge in crossings prompted by his previous promise to adopt more humane immigration policies than those previously employed by the Trump administration.

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