Mexican adults are the primary group causing the current spike of illegal immigrants detected by U.S. Border Patrol personnel.
Illegal immigration from the Northern Triangle (NT) region of Central America, which includes Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, is declining and being replaced by border crossers from outside the region, such as Mexico and a growing number of countries beyond that country as well as Central America, the Washington Post reported earlier this month.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, almost everyone contacted right after being deported to Tijuana indicated they had recently attempted to cross the border three or more times with the expectation of getting through. An unidentified man said he had lost track of how many times he had attempted it. He guessed 30.
The Union-Tribune confirmed that, while the attention has focused on unsupervised minors and families from Central America, individuals from Mexico coming alone are the main demographic group behind the surge.
The CDC’s Title 42, which empowers federal immigration officers to promptly return illegal migrants to their home countries to protect American public health, led to an issue: the majority of repeat border crossers were already sent back to Mexico.
“On March 21, 2020 the President, in accordance with Title 42 of the United States Code Section 265, determined that by reason of existence of COVID-19 in Mexico and Canada, there is a serious danger of the further introduction of COVID-19 into the United States; that prohibition on the introduction of persons or property, in whole or in part, from Mexico and Canada is required in the interest of public health.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported.
“To help prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into border facilities and into the United States, persons subject to the order will not be held in congregate areas for processing and instead will immediately be expelled to their country of last transit. In the event a person cannot be returned to the country of last transit, CBP works with interagency partners to secure expulsion to the person’s country of origin and hold the person for the shortest time possible”, CBP report continued.
Arrests include recidivists or repeat border crossers taken out following Title 42, acting Commissioner Troy Miller of the U.S. Customs and CBP lately informed a congressional committee. “I think Title 42 lends itself to a higher recidivism rate,” Miller said in May.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also informed the Senate Homeland Security Committee in May that he was thinking about revising his no-penalty rule for illegal immigrants who make many trips across the border.
“There is recidivism when an individual is expelled under Title 42, a single adult, we have seen that same individual return, only to be expelled again, and that’s one of the things that we’re looking at in terms of a consequence regime,” Mayorkas stated.
Since former President Trump first adopted Title 42 in March 2020 to combat COVID-19, the rate of recidivism has more than tripled, the Union-Tribune reported.
By the end of July 18, Biden may eliminate Title 42, a step that Republican politicians and experts have predicted will result in an enormous influx of illegal aliens, According to Breitbart News.
Officials were working on a pilot project in the Rio Grande Valley that would enhance the use of “alternatives to detention,” like electronic surveillance, in preparation for an expected rise in the number of people seeking asylum in the following months, said Raul Ortiz, the US Border Patrol’s deputy chief.
The deployment of 3,000 National Guard members to assist CBP in September has been approved by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, reports The Washington Post.