The number of migrants who have stopped at the Mexican border so far has reached a record of 811,000 according to official data – 300,000 more than 2018.
Illegal crossings are now at a high point in 13 years, according to figures from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
If the current figures continue to exist, they are on track to surpass the levels in 2005, with more than one million people stopped according to CBP figures.
Despite the record numbers on Monday, the Trump government credited Mexico and Central American countries for helping reduce border arrests by nearly 60 percent in the past few months.
The number of migrants who have stopped at the Mexican border so far has reached a record of 811,000 – already 300,000 more than 2018, according to official data
The number of migrants stopped at the border rose to the highest level since 2006 in May, with 132,887 arrests – including 11,507 unaccompanied minors. It was the first time that the arrests had exceeded 100,000 since April 2007.
In February, President Donald Trump declared the crisis as a & # 39; national emergency & # 39 ;. During his first year as president in 2017, the number of detained migrants dropped dramatically, to only 303, 916, but has steadily increased since then.
Ten years ago, migrants were mostly Mexican. But in recent years they have been overtaken by Central Americans, mostly from the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
On Monday, Mark Morgan, the Acting Commissioner for US Customs and Border Protection, said that 64,000 people were detained or sent back to the southwest border in August. That was 22% less than in July and 56% more than in May.
The number of migrants stopping at the border in May rose to the highest level since 2006, with 132,887 arrests – including 11,507 unaccompanied minors
Nevertheless, the total was the highest for every month of August in more than a decade, as Central American migrants have gone north in record numbers, many are requesting asylum from impoverished countries with some of the highest murder rates in the world.
The Trump government has put pressure on all those countries to do more to prevent people from reaching the American border, and is threatening Mexico with rates unless it meets.
The US persuaded Guatemala to become a so-called safe third country that would accept asylum seekers, although the deal has not yet been ratified by the government, in an effort to reduce pressure on the US. Washington is working with Honduras on a similar agreement.
Ten years ago, migrants were mostly Mexican. But in recent years they have been overtaken by Central Americans, mostly from the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador
The United States has not persuaded Mexico to do the same. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard repeated the rejection of their country's status on Monday after Morgan said there were talks about a & # 39; cooperation agreement & # 39; to help turn the tide of migrants.
Meanwhile, Mexico has agreed to keep Central American asylum seekers just south of the US border awaiting their US judicial appointments and has deployed national guard officers to stop them.
Ebrard will meet with US officials on Tuesday to discuss Mexico's efforts. He said last week that Mexico currently does not expect the United States to threaten rates.
& # 39; Mexico has done an excellent job for us at the moment, and to be honest we are very grateful, but we have also changed the rules, the rules, very quickly, & # 39; Trump told reporters in the White House.
Earlier on Monday, an American judge handed Trump a setback and ruled that a ban against a restrictive rule for asylum seekers should apply nationally.
Earlier on Monday, an American judge handed Trump a setback and ruled that a ban against a restrictive rule for asylum seekers should apply nationally
The rule, unveiled on July 15, requires that most immigrants seeking asylum in the United States first apply for asylum in a third country they had crossed on their way.
American district judge Jon Tigar from San Francisco had previously issued a national order blocking the rule. But the 9th American Circuit Court of Appeals limited it to only border states within its jurisdiction – California and Arizona – and sent the question back to Tigar.
On Monday, Tigar ruled that it should apply across the border, awaiting a lawsuit over the underlying legality of the Trump rule.
In a statement on Monday evening, the White House said the ruling & # 39; is a gift for human smugglers and traffickers & # 39 ;, adding that the government hopes that the Supreme Court will destroy the order in its entirety.
Morgan criticized Tigar for his statement and what he & # 39; unprecedented judicial activism & # 39; called. He regretted that we were forced by any new management policy to tackle this crisis. It is very, very frustrating, but we will continue. & # 39;
Opponents of Trump's immigration policy praised the court's ruling and said that asylum seekers could previously be arbitrarily excluded on the basis of where they happened to cross the border.
& # 39; Unfortunately, while this statement removes a major hurdle, far too many obstacles remain, & # 39; said Melissa Crow, a lawyer at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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