US border forces try to stop the influx of illegal immigrants from entering the US border (photo: Youtube / The Hill).
On Tuesday (March 16), Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the United States is facing the largest wave of illegal immigration in the common border area with Mexico in the past two decades, the US News reported.
Minister Mayorkas said: We are facing difficulties as more people have migrated to the southwestern border area than at any time in the past 20 years.
Poverty, violence and corruption in Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have been the main reasons for those countries looking for a better life in the United States for many years.
The influx of immigrants trying to cross the border from Central America and Mexico has steadily increased since April 2020, Mayorkas said. The majority of those detained on the southwest border are single adults from Mexico and the Northern Triangle. These individuals and their families will be deported back to Mexico, but unaccompanied children will not be deported.
Recently, the sudden increase in the number of children illegally immigrated has caused overcrowding at Border Patrol stations. On Sunday (March 14), more than 4,200 children are currently in the custody of Border Patrol officials.
US border forces conducted more than 100,000 arrests or deportations of immigrants on the border with Mexico in February, the highest level since the 2019 border crisis.
As of March 14, on average, US Customs and Border Protection detained 565 unaccompanied immigrant children as of March 14, up from an average of 313, according to NBC News. children / day last month. At the end of last week, about 3,000 children were detained by the Border Patrol and 1,400 of them were detained beyond the legal limit of 72 hours.
For many years, illegal immigration has been a problem in the US. Under the former Trump administration, strict policies have been put in place to stop the influx of illegal immigrants.
On the first day of taking over the White House, however, President Biden signed a series of decrees that reversed some of his predecessor’s tough immigration policies. These include stopping construction of a border wall and proposing a bill to grant citizenship to nearly 11 million people living illegally in the US.