CBP noted that many of those encountered were expelled via Title 42 public health protections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 180,000 encountered, 112,302 were expelled via Title 42, many of them single adults. The agency also noted that Title 42 expulsions have led to an increase in encounters as migrants are more likely to make multiple attempts to gain entry into the U.S.
The number of unaccompanied children from the Northern Triangle dropped by 23 percent but remained very high, with 10,765 encountered compared to the 13,940 encountered in April. The Biden administration has touted its success in emptying Border Patrol facilities where unaccompanied kids were housed in past months, sending them to Heath and Human Services facilities instead.
Senator Tom Cotton said the root cause of the border crisis is the Biden Administration.
180,000 illegal immigrants crossed our borders in May alone—the most in 21 years. The root cause of the border crisis is the Biden White House. https://t.co/YGCqpNVsYA— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 9, 2021
Kamala Harris was appointed as “border czar” in March and the crisis has only gotten worse under her watch.
"There were over 180,000 border arrests in May — a 21-year high”— Kyle Martinsen (@KyleMartinsen_) June 9, 2021
Kamala Harris, probably: pic.twitter.com/MCpq8CLoZL