The US arrested nearly 100,000 migrants on the US-Mexico border in February: sources

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© Reuters. Migrants cross the Rio Bravo to contact US border guards and apply for asylum in El Paso, Texas, USA, as seen from Ciudad Juarez

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By Frank Jack Daniel and Ted Hesson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US border officials arrested nearly 100,000 migrants on the US-Mexico border in February. This comes from two people familiar with preliminary figures. This is the highest amount arrested in February since 2006.

The numbers, which have not yet been reported, show the extent of a growing number of migrants arriving at the southwest border as Democrat US President Joe Biden tries to reverse some of the restrictive measures put in place by former President Donald Trump, a Republican push back.

In particular, an increasing number of children arriving at the border without parents or guardians has forced US officials in recent weeks to seek housing and take steps to expedite their release to sponsors in the US.

The nearly 100,000 migrants detained on the U.S.-Mexico border in February would be a significant increase from 78,000 in January. The sources that made the figures available to Reuters spoke on condition of anonymity.

U.S. border guards caught more than 4,500 migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in a single day on Wednesday. This is based on government data communicated to Reuters. This is a sign that the number of illegal entries could continue to rise in March.

Republicans have criticized Biden for undoing Trump’s tough immigration policies, saying the postponement will lead to more illegal immigration.

Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, sent a letter to Biden Friday asking for a meeting to discuss the issue. He said he was “very concerned” about the Biden government’s approach to borders.

“We must acknowledge the border crisis, develop a plan and no doubt discourage people from Mexico and Central America from ever making the dangerous journey to our southern border,” McCarthy wrote in the letter.

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