More than 180,000 migrants crossed the US border in May, which is 20 years more and slightly higher than the previous month.
The number of migrants arriving in the United States through its southern border with Mexico remained high during the month of May, despite continued diplomatic efforts by the Biden administration to contain the increase.
According to data published by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), 180,034 people Caught were held at the US-Mexico border in May, up slightly from 178,622 the previous month.
However, the number of children traveling alone declined to 10,765 from 13,940 in April. The numbers saw a significant drop from the all-time high figure of 18,951 in March.
In May, the CBP encountered more than 180,000 individuals attempting to enter the SW border. This shows a growth of 1% as compared to the total April.
— cbp (@cbp) June 9, 2021
The figures released Wednesday were the highest in 20 years and come on the heels of Vice President Kamala Harris’ diplomatic visit to Guatemala and Mexico aimed at finding ways to reduce migration from Central America.
On Monday, she delivered a clear message to those looking to travel north from Guatemala: “Don’t come, don’t come.”
“If you come to our border you will be turned back,” Harris warned.
The administration of President Joe Biden, who took office in January, continues to evacuate most migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border through the use of a health order imposed by former President Donald Trump last year, citing the pandemic.
According to statistics, the CBP expelled 112,302 people under “Title 42” during the month of May. The Biden administration has single-handedly exempted minors from Title 42 expulsion and allowed them to claim asylum in the US.
Biden’s Republican rivals accused him of crowding the border by exempting minors from expulsion and reversing Trump’s other anti-immigration policies.
Immigration advocates have criticized Biden’s continued use of Title 42 evictions, arguing that it violates US refugee law and not based on scientific facts.
The Biden administration has also sought to discourage migration from the Northern Triangle – Honduras, El Salvador and Honduras – from where large numbers of migrants come, tackling the so-called “root causes” of their flight.
Biden administration officials say people will be less likely to leave the country when they have opportunities for work and education, when cities are safe and citizens have confidence in their governments.
The Central American countries are among the poorest in the region and suffer from endemic poverty, widespread mass violence, and chronic corruption.
In recent years, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have also been hit by record storms, leaving millions in need of aid.
So far, the US has pledged $4bn and $310m in humanitarian aid to boost development in Central America.
In Guatemala, Harris announced a number of new commitments to combat drug trafficking, people trafficking and corruption.
But experts say such projects may take months or even years to take effect. On Tuesday, Harris signed a memorandum of understanding with Mexico that includes a commitment to strengthen security and development cooperation aimed at reducing migration.
On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas will travel to Mexico on June 14 and 15 to meet with government officials.