Federal border officers reported a document variety of migrant crossings on the southern border in a Friday night time launch of statistics simply earlier than Christmas.
US Customs and Border Safety had 233,740 migrant encounters throughout the size of the almost 2,000 mile south in November, the very best ever recorded for that month and up from 178,845 for a similar interval final yr, a greater than 30% improve.
At the very least 16 % of the migrants encountered had tried to cross the border into the US earlier than.
The information dump from the Division of Homeland Safety was first reported by FOX Information and the timing led to hypothesis the Biden administration was attempting to maintain the brand new numbers beneath wraps.
The information was tweeted by Fox’s Invoice Melugin in a publish that was retweeted by Twitter proprietor and CEO Elon Musk late Friday who responded with two exclamation factors.
“In a blatant Friday night information dump going into Christmas weekend, the federal authorities has launched the November border numbers,” Melugin tweeted.
Lots of the new arrivals had been from communist nations, comparable to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, Customs and Border Safety statistics present.
The Biden administration is beneath stress to unravel the tidal wave of migrants crossing the southern border which is overwhelming frontier cities comparable to El Paso, Texas the place a whole lot are sleeping within the streets. Final week, town’s mayor Oliver Leeser declared a state of emergency to take care of the inflow.
Earlier this week, President Biden requested the Supreme Court docket to delay the termination of a Trump-era coverage that allowed Border Patrol brokers to return migrants to Mexico.
Title 42 was initially scheduled to finish on Dec. 21 however has been prolonged till after Christmas.