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Southern border migrant encounters set new record as Biden prepares to end title 42

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Border agents encountered nearly 235,000 migrants at the southern border in April, according to a court filing Monday, which represents the highest number of encounters in Department of Homeland Security history.

The numbers come as the Biden administration prepares to end Title 42, a Trump-era public health order that allowed authorities to turn back migrants at the border.


Also in April, 117,989 migrants were released in the United States and 113,248 were returned. Of that number, 98,908 were kicked out via Title 42.

Border officials are bracing for an influx of migrants when the health order expires on May 23 if a federal court in Louisiana does not rule on its fate. In Texas, groups of migrants are seen entering the United States illegally from Mexico on a daily basis.

A DHS source told Fox News that the Del Rio area of ​​U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Texas has seen 1,288 illegal crossings in the past 24 hours and those occurrences have increased by nearly 150. % since October 1, 2021.

Texas has been particularly aggressive in curbing the flow of migrants to its communities. In addition to having the National Guard and other authorities present at the border to deter smugglers, the state has transported more than 900 migrants to Washington DC since April.

The move is an effort to bring the issue to the Biden administration, which Texas Governor Greg Abbott has criticized for not doing more to secure the border.

Migrants camp under the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas in September. The number of encounters with migrants has increased dramatically, according to a Homeland Security Court filing.
(Rep. August Pfluger)


In a recent maintenanceChairman of the Border Patrol Council Brandon Judd Told FoxNews he’s not surprised Biden won’t make it to the border when he leaves for his trip to Asia later this week.

“He’s constantly trying to distract himself from what’s happening on the border, and that’s extremely disappointing because if he doesn’t face up and look at the reality, we’re just going to continue in this situation,” Judd told “America Reports.”

“And it’s not just [be] as we are going to continue right now… It will get worse, especially when title 42 goes away. Once Title 42 is completely gone, we will be in serious trouble.”

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.


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