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Wave of migrant arrests at the US-Mexico border in September

Washington, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) In September, the Border Patrol detained more than 200,000 migrants who tried to cross illegally from Mexico to the United States, which today represents a challenge for Joe Biden's government.

According to statistics, arrests at the border in the ninth month of the year -the highest figure so far in 2023- represented an increase compared to August, when 181 thousand arrests occurred between ports of entry.

Until now, the record amount is from December 2022 when the Border Patrol intercepted more than 222 thousand irregular migrants.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has repatriated more than 281,000 people since May, while “expanding refugee processing and family reunification options,” a spokesperson said.

For its part, in August the number of cases in immigration courts reached 2.6 million with the notification of at least 180,065 new deportation cases.

“This is a 19 percent jump in just one month,” warned a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data collection organization based at Syracuse University.

Faced with the migratory wave, the Biden administration announced on September 21 that it would deploy 800 additional soldiers to help stop the arrival of undocumented immigrants.

The Department of Defense has already deployed about 2,500 members of the state National Guard to assist DHS on the southern border.

The White House says another 24,000 Customs and Border Protection agents and officers are deployed to the border, along with 2,600 non-uniformed officers.

Encounters at the border decreased in June, following the revocation of Title 42, the controversial policy at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic that allowed the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border, citing health problems.

The issue of migration is part of the campaign agenda, especially the Republicans who attack Biden for his lax policies on the border, they allege.

For the Democratic president, the Republicans are the cause of the immigration crisis, because they “gutted” the system during the presidency of his predecessor, Donald Trump.


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