Immigration & BorderSouthern Border Apprehensions Increase 27 Percent in May

After reaching a low in April, monthly southern border encounters in May increased by 27 percent with 23,118 total apprehensions and inadmissibles.
June 15, 2020
Statistics released from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show the total number of apprehensions on the southern border trending upward again after a significant low in April amidst the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

Data and Chart from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Save for a slight increase in February, the total number of apprehensions and inadmissible entries had been steadily declining since a record high in May 2019, but saw a dramatic decrease between March and April of this year — from 34,298 to 16,986.

The sharp downward trend reversed in May, which saw an increase in encounters by 27 percent back up to 23,118.

Single adults have accounted for 90 percent of the increase, while encounters with families and children have remained low.

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan noted that there has been a major demographic shift since last year.

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“Most illegal alien encounters between ports of entry are now single adult men from Mexico, whereas last year the majority of illegal aliens encountered were families from the Northern Triangle,” said Morgan.

The Northern Triangle includes the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Morgan said that in May of last year, 72 percent of enforcement encounters along the southern border were with people traveling from the Northern Triangle, while 82 percent of encounters this year were with Mexican nationals.

Since March 21, non-essential travel across the border has been limited and CBP has immediately returned illegal immigrants to Mexico instead of detaining them in holding facilities.

Those current measures will remain in place until June 22 unless they are extended by officials again.


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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is the Marketing and Media Manager for The Texan. After graduating with a double-major in Political Science and Humanities, he wrote for The Texan as a reporter through June 2022. In his spare time, you're likely to find him working on The Testimony of Calvin Lewis, an Abolition of Man-inspired novel and theatrical podcast.

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