The Department of Homeland Security filings are in for April: more than 230,000 migrant encounters were logged, making it the highest count in DHS history.
Fox News’ Bill Melugin tweeted about the numbers.
“BREAKING: There were 234,088 migrants encountered at the Southern border in April, per a DHS court filing today. That’s the highest number in DHS history,” Melugin tweeted Monday afternoon. He added that “117,989 migrants were released into the U.S. in April” and “113,248 were removed, including 96,908 expelled via Title 42.”
“This means there have been 1,026,460 encounters in the first 6 months of FY’ 22, which began on 10/1. In the first 6 months of record setting FY’21, there were only 570,826 encounters.
This means the first 6 months of FY’22 are up 79% over the first 6 months of FY’21,” Melugin tweeted in April.
This record breaking number comes as the Biden Administration prepares to lift Title 42, the Trump-era health policy that allows for rapid deportation at the southern border. Members of the GOP are fighting to keep Title 42 in place and have filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration.
“Revoking Title 42 will create an unprecedented surge at the southern border and it will overwhelm law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations as well,” the Republicans who filed the lawsuit argue. “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, (DHS), estimates getting rid of Title 42 will result in as many as 18,000 migrants per day – which could mean 540,000 migrants in a single month.”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) recently blasted DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for claiming he had “operational control” of the border.