WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The number of Venezuelan migrants trying to enter the United States illegally through the southern border with Mexico has fallen sharply after the Biden administration imposed a measure to deal with the influx, the secretary said. White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre.
“Since the launch of this joint police action, we have seen the number of Venezuelans trying to cross the southern border drop sharply by more than 85%,” Jean-Pierre said during a press briefing on Monday.
The number of migrants arriving at the US southern border from Venezuela, as well as Nicaragua and Cuba, has increased 245% since September 2021, Jean-Pierre said.
Nearly 188,000 Venezuelan migrants were apprehended at the U.S. southern border in fiscal year 2022, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced a new deal with Mexico to disrupt the influx of Venezuelan asylum seekers heading to the US-Mexico border. The measure expands on a Trump-era public health policy known as Title 42 that allows US immigration law enforcement to immediately deport migrants to Mexico over concerns regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Some two and a half million immigrants have entered the United States illegally through the southern US border since October 2021, according to CBP. This marks a second year in a row that the Biden administration has recorded record numbers on the southern border without effectively stopping the flow.