Why migrant apprehensions at the US-Mexico border have topped 2 million in a year for the first time

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Immigrants after being detained in El Paso, Texas on September 12

More than two million migrants have been apprehended at the US-Mexico border in the past year, a political concern for the Biden administration.

According to new figures from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the number of 2.15 million apprehensions represents a 24% increase from the previous year.

Statistics show that the number of migrants from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba has increased dramatically, while those from Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – have decreased.

In a statement, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus called the “new wave of migration” across the border from “failed communist regimes.”

Esmond Harmon

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