Another 207,416 migrants were caught crossing the US southern border in June, the latest Customs and Border Protection figures show as Biden’s border crisis lingers.
The latest figure fell 14 per cent in a month – from 240,991 arrests in May, but represents the fourth straight month in which the number of arrests exceeded 200,000.
Disturbingly, six of those arrested were on terrorism watch lists, bringing the total number of terrorism suspects who crossed the border that year to 56.
That’s far more than the 30 total terror suspects arrested over the past four years, FoxNews reported.
The rising number of fears comes as President Biden faces mounting pressure from critics who say soft immigration policies are encouraging people to try to enter the United States.
He’s keen to end Title 42, a Trump-era COVID policy that deported migrants straight to Mexico, but a judge has ordered the president to continue enforcing it.
A total of 207,416 migrants were encountered at the US southern border in June 2022
This chart shows the magnitude of the ongoing southern border crisis, which is attributed to Biden’s soft immigration policies
26 percent of all cross-border commuters had previously attempted to cross the border within the last year, up from the usual 15 percent between 2014 and 2019, CBP said.
The largest group that got through were single adults, who made up 68 percent of the crossing at 140,197 people.
Unaccompanied minors increased by four percent in June with 15,271 encounters. Family units declined 13 percent to 59,534 people.
In addition, cocaine seizures increased by a shocking 62 percent and methamphetamine seizures by 14 percent. However, heroin and fentanyl seizures decreased by 49 and 41 percent, respectively.
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said it’s normal for migration numbers to fluctuate from month to month and that the agency is “committed to implementing our strategy of reducing irregular migration, dissuading migrants from the dangerous journey and stepping up enforcement efforts against people smuggling organizations.” strengthen. ‘
The majority of those crossing the border in June were single adults, at 140,000. There were also 51,780 in family units and 15,271 unaccompanied children, as well as six on terrorist lists
The report came just weeks after 53 migrants died in a truck that reached 105 degrees in June.
The death toll in the tragedy is the deadliest human smuggling attempt in American history.
“We are rescuing and continuing to provide medical assistance to those in need,” Magnus said.
“My message to those considering embarking on this dangerous journey is simple: this is not an easy passage, the people smugglers only care about your money – not your life or the life of your loved ones – and you will be subject to removal proceedings from the Country brought to the United States when you cross the border without legal authorization and cannot find a legal basis for your stay.’
Police say the smugglers treated the migrants “worsely than animals” throughout the journey, leaving them no water or visible means of air conditioning. Several survivors were in critical condition after suffering brain damage and internal bleeding.
Investigators suspect that the migrants paid the smugglers around $10,000 for safe passage to the United States.
Fiscal year 2022, which ends on September 30, has already exceeded the figures for 2021 with two and a half months to go. A total of 1,746,119 matches took place this year compared to 1,734,686 last year.
Last month saw a roughly 15 percent drop in migrants at the border compared to May
In an incident in late June, 53 migrants were killed after a truck reached 105°C inside
In addition to the 200,000 encountered at the border, 105,161 US immigrants were deported. More than 92,000 of them were identified under Title 42.
Around 80,000 migrants have been released into the United States.
The monthly report comes after Texas and Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration. It now requires CBP to provide figures on encounters and expulsions.