Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 180,034 individuals illegally entering the United States in May, the highest number seen in a single month in 21 years.
The agency said the majority, more than 112,000, were expelled under the Title 42 emergency health provision.
Former President Donald Trump implemented Title 42 in March 2020, which effectively closed the border to nonessential travel in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
It allowed for Border Patrol to turn back illegal border crossers almost immediately, rather than for them to be placed in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody for a more protracted process through deportation proceedings under Title 8.
The Biden administration has already exempted unaccompanied children and many family units from Title 42; whereas single adults from Spanish-speaking nations are almost all still subject to immediate expulsion, according to Troy Miller, acting commissioner for CBP. But Border Patrol is also encountering more illegal aliens from non-Spanish speaking nations, Brazil and Haiti in particular, which Miller suggested aren’t being expelled. Read more…