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Illegal US-Mexico border crossings ramp up 2% in May

Washington, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) The number of illegal migrants trying to cross US-Mexico border soared 2% in May, local media reported on Thursday.

According to a report from the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP), nearly 240,000 migrants tried to enter illegally the United States in May, a figure that is influenced by Title 42 set up under Donald Trump´s government (2017-2021).

In 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the provision allowing border authorities to stop migrants immediately under the pretext of preventing the Covid-19 spread.

According to CBP, deportations have contributed to the increased number of people trying to cross the border illegally.

Due to the few legal consequences for repeating such a purpose, the number of deported immigrants ramped up compared to April, most of them single adults. The family and unaccompanied children reunion also increased, though.

President Joe Biden vowed -since his political campaign- to ease requirements for the entry of migrants into the country, including the lifting of Title 42; however, this provision has kept unchanged more than a year after his inauguration.


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