The humanitarian crisis that engulfed the border in 2018 occurred after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in Mexico in December the same year.
His administration came into office pledging to adopt a more “humane” approach toward migration and wound up unleashing an inhumane situation at the border. It was only after President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on cross-border trade that the Mexican government reversed course, and from then on the two countries cooperated closely to reduce the flows of third-country migrants across Mexico.
The number of migrant encounters that agents and officers logged along the U.S.-Mexico border in April reached the highest monthly total in nearly two decades.
Since Title 42 went into effect last March, the U.S. had turned away 754,645 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s more than the population of three U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
The Biden administration is under intense pressure and scrutiny from legal and migrant advocacy groups to eliminate Title 42, amid criticism that U.S. officials indiscriminately expel individuals even if they have a valid claim to asylum.
Biden signalled in March that he wanted to expand the use of Title 42 to expel more families, drawing an immediate rebuke from the American Civil Liberties Union, who filed and put on pause a lawsuit challenging the public health rule in court in order to negotiate its removal with the Biden administration.
Source and full article: 5 takeaways about border apprehensions in April (usatoday.com)