U.S. officials expect to record about 210,000 apprehensions along the southern border in July, the highest monthly total since 2000. They also expect to record 80,000 apprehensions of parents and children traveling as families, and 19,000 of unaccompanied children.
As of Monday, Border Patrol was detaining 17,778 migrants, with its holding facilities at 377% capacity. 7 Border Patrol sectors were over capacity, including Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, where the largest holding facility for unaccompanied minors and families was at 446% capacity.
Human Rights First’s Eleanor Acer says, “The Biden administration apparently plans to use this order to continue to expel many people seeking refuge back to dangerous conditions in Mexico, where they will continue to be targeted for more kidnappings and violent attacks.”