… more (people) arrive from a variety of other countries, including Cuba and Nicaragua.CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller on news numbers reflecting more than 230,000 encounters at the U.S. Southern Border in November – another historically high month.
- Full quote: “Individuals from Mexico and northern Central America accounted for just 30% of unique encounters in November, a significant drop from the 53% they represented a year ago, as more migrants arrive from a variety of other countries, including Cuba and Nicaragua."
- The numbers of those from Cuba, Nicaragua and specifically Venezuela have increased, as has the number of children in U.S. government custody – just under 600 a day.
Why It Matters: A record number of encounters continues at the U.S. southwest border. A pandemic era policy (Title 42) allowing for quick removal of those crossing the border without legal status remains in legal peril – anticipating one less restriction to contend with, more people surge to the border causing border cities, like El Paso, Texas, to declare a state of emergency.
by Jenna Lee,