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Migrant entries at borders increase in April, boosted by Ukrainians

US authorities said on Monday they arrested migrants more than 234,000 times in April, one of the highest marks in decades as the Biden administration prepares to lift pandemic-era restrictions on visa applications. ‘asylum.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials made 234,088 stops at the Mexican border last month, up 5.8% from 221,303 in March, according to a Justice Department filing in a complaint filed by Texas and Missouri.

April’s total would have been lower had it not been for more than 23,000 people – many of them Ukrainian refugees admitted on humanitarian parole – who passed through a border crossing in San Diego. The number of Ukrainians has fallen sharply since April 25, when the administration began directing those fleeing the Russian invasion to US airports from Europe, instead of through Mexico.

On May 23, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to end restrictions that have prevented migrants from seeking asylum under US law and international treaties on the grounds of preventing the spread of COVID. -19. Migrants have been deported more than 1.9 million times since March 2020 under Title 42, named after a 1944 public health law.

A federal judge in Louisiana is expected to rule in favor of 24 states seeking to keep Title 42 in effect during the legal proceedings. U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said he would rule by May 23.

Even if the judge allows Title 42 to end, Congress could try to keep it alive in an alliance between Republicans and some Democrats who fear a widely anticipated increase in illegal crossings will put them on the defensive in an election year. already difficult mid-term.

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