Friday, January 27, 2023

US border arrests drop in January after Biden’s new restrictions

Number of migrants caught illegally crossing US-Mexico border in January declines amid seasonal slump implementation of new restrictions He has been battling record transfers, imposed by US President Joe Biden, as a minor relief.

US Border Patrol agents arrested an average of nearly 4,000 immigrants a day in January, three US officials told reuters This week. One of the officials said the figure is well below the average of about 7,400 during the week before Christmas.

At the current rate, arrests at the border could be the lowest since February 2021, a month after Biden takes office. But it is not yet clear whether this trend will continue throughout the month and beyond.

Biden, a Democrat who intends to seek re-election in 2024, earlier this month expanded COVID-19-related restrictions that allow migrants stranded at the US-Mexico border to be quickly evacuated back to the Mexican country. allows.

Sanctions, also known as title 42First applied to Mexicans, some Central Americans and Venezuelans and was extended to Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans after Mexico accepted those nationalities.

Whereas, the Biden administration launched a new humanitarian admissions program 30,000 per month for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans if they have US sponsors and enter by air.

A Biden administration official said, “The process we’ve created is secure, fast and costs only a commercial airline ticket.” “Compared to the thousands of dollars smugglers charge migrants for the perilous journey, the choice is clear.”

Several US officials said arrests at the border are usually down from late December to early January because of the holidays, which is expected to decline in January.

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