After a brief period of decline following the finalization of Title 42 in May, the number of illegal immigrants apprehended by United States authorities at the southern border reportedly skyrocketed in July, dealing a serious blow to the Biden administration.
The individuals were seeking to enter the country from Mexico in an unauthorized manner.
According to figures that were provided by the United States Customs and Border Protection agency on Friday afternoon, Border Patrol agents arrested 132,652 individuals between the ports of entry in July.
This number is an increase from the 99,545 arrests that were made in June.
Officials working for the Biden administration inside the Department of Homeland Security have defended the increase by stating that it is 27% lower than it was in July of last year and that it is lower than when it reached its greatest levels in a century in the days leading up to May 11.
The surge presents additional challenges for the White House, which has been working to encourage immigrants to apply for legal immigration routes established by the previous administration (the Biden administration) after Title 42 came to an end.
It also implies difficulty for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
When it was first put into effect in March of 2020, Title 42 gave officials at the border the authority to refuse entry to any illegal immigrant rather than take them into custody and run the danger of transmitting the coronavirus in confined spaces.
According to the data for July, initiatives implemented by the White House are causing border numbers to head in the wrong direction and not return to levels seen before the pandemic.
Since Vice President Biden entered office in 2021, the number of monthly border arrests has ranged from 150,000 to 300,000, which is a significant increase from the average of fewer than 50,000 arrests per month recorded for the most of the 2010s.