Illegal Border Crossings Keep Climbing; 180,000 In May
Customs and Border Protection apprehended 180,034 individuals illegally entering the United States in May, the highest month in 21 years.
The agency said the majority, more than 112,000, were expelled under the Title 42 emergency health provision.
Former President Donald Trump implemented Title 42 in March 2020, which effectively closed the border to nonessential travel in attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
It allowed for Border Patrol to turn back illegal border crossers almost immediately, rather than for them to be placed in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody for a more protracted process through deportation proceedings under Title 8.
A group of Venezuelans wait to be picked up by Border Patrol after illegally crossing the Rio