The month of August represented the highest number of attempted migrant crossings in American history, according to recently released statistics. The figure breaks a previous high set during the tenure of President Joe Biden and could be the center of the 2024 presidential election.
The number of individuals captured by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) totaled more than 304,000 last month. This figure was higher than the previous peak of about 302,000 set in December 2022.
This figure is significantly higher than the average totals seen during the tenure of former President Donald Trump.
Of the more than 300,000 apprehensions, more than half were of those attempting to cross near ports of entry or illegally crossing into the United States. Another approximately 50,000 arrived at the border without proper authorization but required asylum.
Another 20,000 were apprehended at the U.S.-Canada border.
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Overall, since Biden took office in 2021, the total of migrants stopped at the border has been more than 7 million. Furthermore, millions more have been estimated to have entered the country illegally during that period.
The current increase in migrants coincides with the announcement earlier this year that the Biden administration was ending the Title 42 asylum policy implemented under Trump.
A number of cities and states have reported buckling pressure due to the increase in migrant flows into the country, including those governed by the Democratic Party. Some, such as New York City, have received more than 100,000 migrants since last year.
The flow of migrants has increased to the point that the Biden administration is considering a policy that would require migrants to stay in Texas prior to court proceedings. Such a program would be a very different policy than the Trump administration’s ‘stay in Mexico’ policy.
During this period, the federal government would screen the migrants to determine whether they should stay in the United States. Conservatives argue that many of these migrants will not appear at the court dates.