Customs and Border Protection released over 60,000 migrants into the country since President Joe Biden took office in January. This comes as his administration continues to try to deal with the significant influx in numbers at the border, which many critics say is a self-made crisis.
Since February, CBP has released 61,312 migrants into the U.S. with either one of two things: a Notice to Appear or an I-385.
In comparison, the CBP only released 47 migrants between October and the end of December last year. Meanwhile, they released 1,317 in January. This went up to 8.797 in February and significantly increased for March and April, which saw 26,282 and 26,233 migrants released, respectively.
Migrants Released in Hopes of Alleviating Border Crisis
These figures, first reported by The Washington Examiner, reveal the effect of the influx of migrants to the border, as well as the current administration’s means of processing and releasing families into the country to reduce border pressure.
The number of migrants trying to enter the country skyrocketed weeks after Biden took office. However, officials also stated that such migrant encounters have already been going up since April. Within that month the CBP encountered over 178,000 migrants, around 13,000 are unaccompanied minors.
Critics of the current administration blamed the rescinding of Trump-era policies as the cause of the crisis. Such policies include the Migrant Protection Protocols, the border wall construction, and asylum agreements with countries in the Northern Triangle.
The Biden administration, on the other hand, blamed “root causes” of migration from Central America, as well as the lack of preparation that the Trump administration apparently faced. Although, some parts of Mexico refused to take back some migrant families. This has made the issue worse and resulted in the release of some migrants in the U.S.