The number of migrants encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border decreased in June, but remained at a historic high, according to numbers released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Friday.
CBP encountered 207,416 migrants at the southern border, a 14% decrease compared to May. There were 92,274 migrants immediately expelled under Title 42, the public health order activated during the COVID-19 pandemic, in June.
The number of migrants encountered in April, 234,088, shattered DHS records, followed by a record 239,416 migrants encountered in May.
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“My message to those considering taking this dangerous journey is simple: this is not an easy passage, the human smugglers only care about your money – not your life or the lives of your loved ones, and you will be placed in removal proceedings from the United States if you cross the border without legal authorization and are unable to establish a legal basis to remain,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement.
The number of unaccompanied children encountered increased by 4% to 15,271. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is bracing for an ongoing surge of unaccompanied children, expecting to accommodate nearly 161,000 this year, according to The Washington Examiner, which recently obtained federal data on the subject.