The quantity of encounters U.S. Border Patrol brokers had with undocumented migrants crossing the southern border between authorized ports of entry dipped beneath 130,000 in January, their lowest month-to-month quantity in two years, in accordance to a spokesperson for the Division of Homeland Safety.
Total border crossings, which embrace undocumented migrants who current themselves at authorized ports of entry, additionally fell from December’s file month-to-month excessive of greater than 250,000 to 156,000.
Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas informed reporters final week that he credit new Biden administration insurance policies that opened authorized pathways for some migrants to apply from their house international locations, whereas additionally blocking extra migrants from getting into on the border underneath Title 42 Covid restrictions.
A senior Homeland Safety official informed NBC Information that whereas day by day numbers on the border are down to 2021 ranges at simply over 4,000 a day, the issues driving migration haven’t been solved. Migrants fleeing determined conditions in failed states all through the Western Hemisphere will proceed to congregate in Colombia, northern Mexico and elsewhere on their journeys north, the official mentioned.