(CNN) – The U.S. Border Patrol has encountered 32 large groups of migrants along the southern border since October, amid a new wave of minors arriving alone at the border, data provided by the agency shows.
The number of large groups, consisting of 100 or more people, increased from 10 groups in fiscal year 2020, when border crossings were drastically reduced at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, according to Customs and Customs Office data. Border Protection. But the number of large groups declined compared to 2019 during the surge in migrants at the border. Data is for the fiscal year beginning in October. This means that some of the large groups may have arrived during the Trump administration.
Border Patrol officials sounded the alarm this week about the increase in migrant children and families crossing into the United States illegally. For weeks, the Biden administration has tried to remove children from border facilities within the legal time limit. required, putting resources to the test and leaving minors languishing in overcrowded conditions.
“There is no end in sight”, tweeted on Wednesday the head of the Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley, Agent Brian Hastings, “while large groups continue to enter.”
In 2019 they discovered more large groups of migrants
However, the number of groups is well below the 213 large groups found in fiscal year 2019, during the increase in migrants, driven largely by families from the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. .
It is also about half the number of large groups compared to a similar time period in 2019, when they had been apprehended. 70 large groups.
At that time, the then Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, said that the border crisis left “many minors and families at extreme risk of being exploited by traffickers, human traffickers, gangs and other nefarious actors who seek to profit from their expenses”.
These large groups often include children and families, who generally surrender to border authorities and do not attempt to evade arrest.
The latest data shows the pressure officials face at the border and comes as the administration makes a public relations speech to explain its efforts.
The White House has held several informational conferences this week on the border situation and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was on CBS “This Morning” telling migrants not to come to the border.
He emphasized that a “Border Patrol station is no place for a child.” He added that the Department of Homeland Security is working with the Department of Health and Human Services “to move them quickly.”
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