Some reports indicate that it is the highest monthly number of apprehensions in American history.
In an exhibit connected to Texas’ lawsuit against the Biden administration’s attempts to rescind the “Remain in Mexico” policy, the federal government reported on Monday that there were over 234,000 encounters with illegal aliens in April. There were 202,000 encounters reported by border patrol agents and another 32,000 by offices of field operations.
The filing also indicated that 110,000 were released on parole or on their own recognizance, with nearly 22,000 notices to appear.
Over 128,000 of the arrests were made by border patrol agents in Texas sectors. More than 8,000 encounters were at the Laredo and El Paso field offices.
Almost 97,000 of those encountered nationwide were deported under the Title 42 public health order, which is set to expire next week unless a court intervenes. Immigration authorities deported 62,000 under from Texas sectors under Title 42.
U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays placed a temporary restraining order on the termination of the Title 42 order, which DHS insists was a public health necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic rather than an effort against illegal immigration.
Commissioner Chris Magnus of U.S. Customs and Border Protection indicated there would be a spike in illegal crossings when the order is terminated. Some federal estimates predict there could be up to 18,000 encounters daily in a post-Title 42 scenario.
A copy of Exhibit A in the federal government’s recent filing in Texas v. Biden can be found below.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."