May 2022. U.S.-Mexico border. According to the statistics released by the Department of Homeland security, people from different nationalities have attempted to enter the U.S. through the border over 222,000 times. This is the highest record ever reached in one month.
The U.S. authorities also reported that an additional 17,000 unauthorized migrants’ files are being processed at the official border ports of entry as they decided to enter the U.S by going through that border. They probably thought they may be allowed to enter the States as asylum seekers in order to proceed with their immigration into the country.
According to the U.S. administration, many factors fueled such a phenomenon, including the post-pandemic economic crisis, natural disasters, violence, and political repressions in Latin America.
Republican lawmakers have also accused the Biden administration as one of the culprits saying that its attempt of ruling over the Trump-era restriction known as Title 42 sent a message of hope to aspiring migrants.
May 2022 unprecedented number of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is also the result of the arrival of many Nicaraguan, Cuban and Columbian migrants to the border. It will also be noticed that many Haitian asylum seekers come to U.S. immigration custody. Ecuador, Russia, and Brazil are some countries from which more and more migrants are coming with the intention of entering the U.S. in one way or another.
Many people who had been returned or expelled from the border or hadn’t been able to get asylum to continue to try by any means to enter the country. The U.S. authorities state that 25% of asylum seekers and other migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally in May are people who had previously tried and were either expelled or denied asylum.
Where are they from? Statistics of migrant encounters in May 2022 alone show that the vast majority of aspiring migrants are from Mexico (around 77,000. From Cuba, they are 25,348. 19,491 come from Honduras, 21,382 from Guatemala, 10,418 from Haiti, 19,040 from Columbia, 18,944 from Nicaragua, 8,955 from Salvador, 5,078 from Venezuela, 5,118 from Brazil, 3,394 from Russia and 3,045 from Ecuador.
Most of the migrants don’t even fear how difficult travel conditions are. The water rescue team of the Firefighters at the border said that migrants who come near the canal are often drained and very tired because of the heat in the desert as well as the speed of the water in the canal.
In summer, water is released in the canal in order to help peasants in the valley irrigate their fields. Having undergone the mistreatment of their body by the heat in the desert, and long travels on foot, they are barely strong enough to swim and try to save themselves when they are hooked in the water.
The policy of the Biden administration toward immigration seems to be a bit less harsh than the one of Trump. But despite that, only 59,000 asylum seekers got a favorable answer out of the 1.5 requests. The less lucky migrants were single adults. In May alone, around 90,000 migrants had been expelled.
Nearly 90% are mere single adults. The law out of which they are denied access to America is the same Title 42. Meanwhile, the federal government is still trying its best to guarantee good conditions for those who really are in critical conditions.
We can only wish that things would improve in different countries where migrants come from as soon as possible because as the saying goes, be it so ever humble there is no better place than home.
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