May Sees 170,000 Border Crossings

May saw a large number of aliens attempting to cross the southern border. The high figure came after President Joe Biden ended a Trump-era policy that many Republicans argued lowered the number of attempted crossings.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that its agents captured almost 170,000 migrants attempting to cross from Mexico into the United States. 

The number of migrants stopped by Border Patrol agents represented a more than doubling of the apprehensions when Biden took office.

This number was down slightly from the more than 180,000 in April but represents a sharp increase from the start of Biden’s tenure. During Biden’s first month in office in January 2021, just over 71,000 migrants were apprehended at the border.

The number of migrants encountered by CBP last month was lower than the previous year but significantly higher than in May 2021.

According to federal figures, there was an average of just under 205,000 migrant encounters last month. In May 2022, there were more than 240,000 encounters. 

However, both numbers were significantly higher than about 180,000 migrant encounters in May 2021, Biden’s fourth full month in office.

The high level of border crossings comes in part due to the Biden administration’s decision to end the Title 42 asylum policy put in place by former President Trump. The end of Title 42 led to concerns that the number of migrants crossing the border could reach 10,000 per day.

In the days prior to the expiration of the policy, thousands of migrants arrived at the southern border, reaching an all-time record.

The high rate of crossings has also led to a significant debate over hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who crossed from the southern border.

A number of states, including Texas and Florida, have sent busloads of migrants northward, including to states and cities that declared themselves sanctuaries for illegal aliens.

Several of the receiving cities, such as Chicago and New York, have declared states of emergency and decried the efforts by the Republican-led states.