SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) – Illegal border crossings by Cuban and Nicaraguan migrants rose sharply in November, while overall migration flows were little changed from October, US officials said Friday.
The snapshot is the latest detailed tally of who are crossing the border from Mexico amid preparations to end Trump-era asylum restrictions.
The United States has denied immigrants applying for asylum under Title 42 2.5 million times since March 2020, a public health rule aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. His application was due to expire two days ago, until Chief Justice John Roberts announced a temporary stay.
US authorities made 34,675 arrests of Cubans along the southern border during November, a 21% increase from the 28,848 in October.
At the same time, 34,209 arrests were made in Nicaragua, which is a 65% increase from 20,920 arrests in October.
Overall, the Office of Customs and Border Protection recorded 233,740 encounters with immigrants, up 1% from 231,294 in October. The most common nationality was Mexican, followed by Cuban and Nicaraguan. There were also 11,831 arrests of Ecuadorians, up 68% from the 7,031 in October.
High costs, strained diplomatic relations and other considerations have made it difficult for the Biden administration to use Title 42 with certain nationalities, including Cubans and Nicaraguans.
Little was seen of Venezuela after Mexico began accepting Venezuelan citizens deported from the United States under Title 42 on October 12. There were 7,931 arrests of Venezuelans in November, a 64% decrease compared to October’s 22,045.
Similarly, there were 5,507 arrests of Russians, a 42% increase from 3,879 in October. The vast majority were allowed to enter the United States in San Diego under a Title 42 exemption. The Associated Press reported last week that CBP was issuing up to 40 waivers a day to a private group to screen people, and that the group was charging Russian-speaking people money to help them enter the country.
CBP said Friday that “those who are unable to establish a legal basis to remain in the United States will be promptly removed” after Title 42 expires.