Agents apprehended more than 161,000 migrants along the southwest border with Mexico in March, abruptly stopping the short-term decline in migrant arrests that had followed the new Biden administration’s immigration policy adjustments. Following two months where officers averaged just under 129,000 migrant apprehensions, March saw a nearly 25% increase.
The Biden administration revealed plans to enable the Title 42 coronavirus protection procedure to be applied to certain countries, which caused migrant apprehensions to decline in January to 128,913 from a high of 221,693 in FY23 along the southwest boundary. The number of arrests fell for the second consecutive month in February as officers detained 128,877 people.
The decline in arrests abruptly ended in March after Breitbart Texas examined unofficial accounts that showed the number had increased to just over 161,000. In March, big migratory group crossings resumed at the borderlands of Arizona and Texas.
Near El Paso, Texas, more than 1,000 migrants passed the boundary from Mexico on March 30. While the refugees entered in smaller parties, their total number soon exceeded 1,000. Due to this, Border Patrol agents had to be dispatched in a rush to the area in order to process the refugees swiftly and efficiently.
According to the study, El Paso Sector officers detained 38,000 migrants in March, an increase of 50% from the corresponding month in 2022. Additionally, it is an increase from February, when officials detained just over 32,000 refugees.
According to Breitbart Texas, the Tucson Sector also finished March with a big gathering of migrants apprehended. Agents from Ajo Station detained the big gathering of more than 200 migrants on March 30. The sizable party was one of many that passed the border in the region.
According to the study, Tucson Sector officers detained more than 33,000 migrants in March, a 25% increase from the corresponding month in 2022. Additionally, it represents an increase from February, when officers detained just over 24,000 refugees.
Before the conclusion of the first half of the fiscal year, migrant apprehensions had surpassed 1 million, according to a March 21 Breitbart Texas story. The cumulative number for the first half of the year nationally exceeded 1,060,000 migrant apprehensions by the end of March.