US Customs and Border Protection data shows that the number of migrants attempting to cross the US-Mexico border illegally dropped significantly in February. The agency reported 100,441 encounters with migrants at the border in February, a decrease of 78% from January, when the number of encounters was 178,442.
However, despite the overall decrease in numbers, the number of migrant families and unaccompanied children crossing the border remains high. Experts have attributed the drop to various factors, including the Biden administration’s efforts to discourage illegal migration and Mexico’s increased enforcement along its southern border.
The Biden administration has been heavily scrutinized for its policies and rhetoric on immigration, with many blaming them for the surge in migration. However, the decrease in February’s numbers suggests that the situation at the border is beginning to stabilize.
The administration has been trying to balance the humanitarian crisis at the border with concerns about national security and public health. Both Republicans and Democrats have criticized the administration’s handling of the border, with Republicans calling for stricter enforcement measures and Democrats pushing for more humane treatment of migrants.
The administration has also been struggling to address the COVID-19 pandemic in border communities, with officials warning that the situation could worsen if the virus is allowed to spread among migrants. The administration has implemented various measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including requiring migrants to wear masks and undergoing health screenings.
The decrease in illegal crossings may offer some relief for the administration, which has been grappling with the challenges of managing the border crisis. However, the situation remains complex and multifaceted, with no easy solutions. The administration will need to continue to work with stakeholders on all sides to address the various issues at the border.