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Sharp fall in migrant ‘encounters’ at US-Mexico border

After COVID’s Title 42 restrictions were lifted last week, the US reported a dramatic drop in “encounters” with migrants at its border.

Title42 enabled US authorities to send migrants to Mexico quickly without giving them the opportunity to request asylum. The goal was to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The order was issued by Donald Trump, then president of the United States. ended on May 11,.

Blas Nunez Neto, Homeland Security official, said that since restrictions were lifted, the number of “migrant encounters” has dropped by 70%.


When US officials come across non-US citizens who are trying to enter the US without authorization from Mexico, they call it an encounter.

Mr Nunez Neto stated that the number of illegal immigrants entering the US has continued to decline after an average of 4,00 encounters per day as of the 12th of May.

He said that in the past 48 hours, there had been 3,000 border encounters per day. This is a reduction of more than 70%.

He said that in the past week, more than 11,000 people have been removed from the US and sent to over 30 countries.

This figure includes more than 1100 Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Haitians and Cubans who have been returned to Mexico.

File pic: Image of a border wall between the US & Mexico in San Diego, California. File pic

New restrictions on immigrants entering the US

In the last week of the regulation, thousands of migrants entered the US.

New restrictions are now in place for migrants.

If they do not apply online for asylum or seek it in the country they crossed to get to the US, they will be denied entry.

Anyone who is caught illegally crossing the border will be banned from returning to the US for a period of five years. If they do, they will be prosecuted.

Human rights groups criticised the new rules for assuming that migrants from countries other than the US are safe. They also said the online application process has not worked for most.


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