The number of migrants who are undocumented crossing into the south U.S. border passed 1.7 million in the fiscal year 2021, reaching the all-time high as per Customs and Border Protection data obtained by NBC News, as U.S. officials pay attention to a new caravan of migrants from southern Mexico that could head to the north by this weekend.
The caravan that gathered in Tapachula close to the border between Mexico and Guatemala, which includes thousands of people who are fleeing Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba and other Latin American countries, two Department of Homeland Security officials have said. Conflicts violent against Mexican police have erupted as desperate migrants attempt to get out of the area to continue on their way. New photos from Telemundo which is NBCUniversal's Spanish-language service Police are seen interacting with people with shields and beating them as they attempt to cross the border.
The Mexican government has been trying to prevent the caravan from departing Tapachula however the those who organize the caravan have scheduled Saturday as the day to start their journey towards the U.S.
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A DHS official confirmed that the agency has been keeping close watch over Tapachula as well as others in areas in which large crowds have gathered, like Necocli which is a northern Colombia town in which more than 20,000 people including many Haitian are camping in preparation to make their journey towards border crossings with the U.S. border.
However, according to the official that migrants could recalculate their decision and decide not to travel further due to the ferocious resistance of Mexican official in Tapachula.
The official also said that the migrants could also be discouraged from crossing the border by U.S. response to the more than thirty thousand Haitians who attempted to cross to Del Rio, Texas, this month. Over 8,000 were deported back to Mexico and over 7,000 have been sent back to Haiti.
The DHS official suggested that immigrants should be aware that travelling in large numbers reduces the chances of being permitted to get into the U.S.
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In all, CBP encountered more than 192,000 illegal migrants crossing the border with Mexico's southwest this month, which is a small decline from the summer and august, where crossings reached 200k. Overall the fiscal year 2021 that ran from October to September, saw numbers of border crossings that were never previously seen.
The Washington Post first reported that more than 190,000.00 migrants were detained at across the border during September. which equates to an annual number in the range of 1.7 million.
Over 100,000 people who were stopped by CBP this month were deported out of the U.S. without being able to apply for asylum under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authority called Title 42 designed to restrict flow of migrants in this Covid pandemic. Immigration advocates have filed a lawsuit against CBP Biden administration to end the policy contending that it is applied to block asylum seekers from having their right to internationally recognized asylum hearings , rather than keep spreading Covid.