US-Mexico Border encounters of unaccompanied migrant children jumps to 267,000 since Biden took office

The largest number of encounters with unaccompanied and underage migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border was July 2021 with nearly 19,000.

US-Mexico Border encounters of unaccompanied migrant children jumps to 267,000 since Biden took office

Officials at the southern border have encountered hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children and minors in the months since President Biden took office, a figure that could further claims by opponents that his immigration policies have led to a surge of attempted illegal immigration to the United States. 

Since taking over the White House in January 2021, border agents and officers at the U.S.-Mexico border have encountered 267,000 such migrants, according to data released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

For fiscal year 2022, there have been 140,186 encounters with one month left to go. The months during parts of fiscal years 2018 and 2019, when then-President Trump occupied the White House, encounters involving unaccompanied and underage migrants only surpassed 10,000 once, in May 2019, according to CBP data. 

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In this March 30, 2021, file photo, young unaccompanied migrants wait for their turn at the secondary processing station inside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the U.S. border with Mexico has increased since President Biden took office in January 2021, according to CBP figures. 

In this March 30, 2021, file photo, young unaccompanied migrants wait for their turn at the secondary processing station inside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the U.S. border with Mexico has increased since President Biden took office in January 2021, according to CBP figures. 

According to a CBP chart, unaccompanied migrant encounters started to increase in January 2021 when 5,820 encounters were reported. By March 2021, that figured more than tripled as border officials reported 18,870 encounters. 

The month with the most such encounters since Biden took office was July 2021 with 18,954 encounters. 

Overall, fiscal 2022 has exceeded two million encounters of migrants of all ages. 

The migrant crisis escalated around the time the Biden administration took office, jumping from around 72,000 encounters at the end of 2020 to 173,000 by March 2021. The numbers have not come close to dipping below the 150,000 encounters-a-month mark since then.

The Biden administration has noted that the number of encounters is inflated by recidivism due to Title 42 expulsions, whereby migrants who are quickly expelled under the order often make multiple crossing attempts. 

The administration has sought to end the order, implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but have so far been blocked by a court order. There were 162,792 unique encounters in July.

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Fox News' Adam Shaw and Griff Jenkins to contributed to this report.