Biden Administration Sees Drop in Migrant Encounters at Southern Border

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The Biden Administration has seen a significant decrease in migrant encounters at the US-Mexico border since the expiration of Title 42 last week. According to a news release from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there were approximately 3,000 Border Patrol encounters between ports of entry each day in the 48 hours after Title 42 expired, a 70% drop compared to the 48 hours prior.

The three most common nationalities encountered are Mexican, Honduran and Guatemalan. DHS has also deported more than 11,000 immigrants to 30 countries since May 12, including 1,100 Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Haitians and Cubans who were sent back to Mexico under an agreement with that country.

At the same time, more than 1,000 migrants a day are showing up at ports of entry for CBP One appointments, and another 7,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans have arrived in the US through a parole process since January 2023.

Despite the drop in migrant encounters, DHS has warned that the conditions that drive historic migration in the Western Hemisphere remain, and smugglers will continue to spread false information to lure migrants into making the dangerous journey. The Biden Administration is urging people not to take the risk and is continuing to promote legal pathways for migration.