In May, more than 204.000 migrants attempted to cross the U.S. southern border


Photo by Jerry Glaser/U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Archive

According to data released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in May more than 204.000 people were apprehended while trying to cross the country’s southern border with Mexico without papers.

CBP data shows that a total of 204.561 undocumented migrants were detained in May, most of them from Mexico (55.184) and Venezuela (30.990). Despite the expected drop in entry attempts after the end of Title 42 and the return of Title 8 enforcement, the numbers remain high.

In May, Title 42, the pandemic measure that prevented asylum applications in the U.S., was terminated, bringing back the application of Title 8, which allows asylum claims but also authorizes the deportation of those who do not fit the requirements.

Authorities expect that after the move, the number of migrants trying to cross the border without documents will drop, along with the number of arrests.

Since the start of Fiscal Year 2023 in October 2022, at least 1.641.943 migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. During fiscal year 2022, which ended in September, more than 2.3 million apprehensions were recorded at the southern border, a historic number.

By Amanda Almeida, from the Communication Team

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