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April Saw Most Illegal Immigrants Stopped At Border In 21 Years: Cbp

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The number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the southern border hit a 21-year high last month, according to data released Tuesday by U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

In all, CBP encountered 178,622 people attempting to enter the United States, a three percent increase from March, and the most encounters in a single month since April of 2000, when 182,613 illegal immigrants were apprehended.

The April increase was driven by an 11.2 percent increase in the number of single adults attempting to enter the US. A total of 111,301 were stopped by CBP in April, up from 100,104 in March.

By contrast, the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended by authorities dropped 9.4% to 17,171 in April from 18,960 in March. That’s still well above the previous high of 11,475 reported in May 2019.

“CBP continues to see a large influx of illegal migration along the Southwest Border,” Senior Official Performing the Duties of Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement. “In order to disrupt criminal organizations that have little regard for human life, CBP is leading the way alongside external law enforcement partners through Operation Sentinel.

“Day after day, CBP rescues migrants abandoned in harsh terrain, left for dead with no food or water,” Miller added. “CBP is committed to enhancing the security of the U. S. border and helping save the lives of vulnerable… (Read more)

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