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Authorities made 234,088 arrests of undocumented migrants at the border with Mexico in April, an increase of 0.5% from March, according to official figures.
According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), 117,989 of the undocumented migrants were released during the month, and 113,248 were expelled, including 96,902 deported expeditiously under the controversial Title 42 health rule.
The figures, which have not yet been officially released, are part of court filings the government reports to the courts as part of lawsuits by Republican-held states over Joe Biden’s immigration policies.
The crisis at the border continues apace, said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, one of Biden’s biggest plaintiffs.
More than 1.8 million migrants have been expeditiously removed since March 2020 when then-President Donald Trump’s administration (2017-2021), at the start of the covid-19 pandemic, turned to Title 42 as part of its immigration policy.
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated in March that the public health emergency that justified the use of Title 42 had been overcome, the Biden Administration announced that it would rescind that instrument on May 23.
However, Paxton and the attorneys general of other states filed a lawsuit against the federal government, and a federal judge in Louisiana indicated last week that he will rule before that date.