REPORT: Authorities Apprehended 171,000 Migrants At The Border In March

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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Preliminary data shows that U.S. border authorities apprehended more than 171,000 migrants in March, Reuters reported Friday.

The over 171,000 migrants make up the highest monthly total in the past 20 years. Of the 171,000 migrants, 19,000 were unaccompanied migrant children, and another 53,000 migrants were family units trying to gain entry into the U.S., according to Reuters. Single adult migrants totaled 99,000 of the more than 171,000 migrants.

The preliminary March 2021 figures are much higher than data from March 2019, when the U.S. was facing a surge in migrants at the border under former President Donald Trump. In 2019, Border Patrol had 103,731 enforcement encounters, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data.

If the preliminary data is accurate, the more than 171,000 apprehensions at the border will eclipse May 2019’s peak of just over 144,000 enforcement encounters, CBP data shows. (RELATED: Biden Scrapped These Major Trump Border Policies Before The Crisis Started)

President Joe Biden’s administration is currently trying to manage the border after it spent weeks denying it was a crisis. The president has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to oversee the U.S. response, but the vice president has not announced plans to visit the border. The surge has left U.S. border authorities and detention facilities overwhelmed. The government has had to resort to providing migrants hotel rooms and flying migrants around the country to disperse the burden.