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There’s no migrant ‘surge’ at the U.S. southern border. Here’s the data.
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There’s no migrant ‘surge’ at the U.S. southern border. Here’s the data.

Authors Tom K. Wong, Gabriel De Roche, and Jesus Rojas Venzor dispel myths about what’s happening at the U.S. southern border.

Last week, at the U.S. border with Mexico, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) declared that the recent increase in unaccompanied minors attempting to enter the United States was a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration.”

We looked at data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to see whether there’s a “crisis” — or even a “surge,” as many news outlets have characterized it. We analyzed monthly CBP data from 2012 to now and found no crisis or surge that can be attributed to Biden administration policies. Rather, the current increase in apprehensions fits a predictable pattern of seasonal changes in undocumented immigration combined with a backlog of demand because of 2020’s coronavirus border closure.

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Tom K. Wong

Senior Fellow

Gabriel De Roche

Jesus Rojas Venzor