U.S. ramps up expulsions of migrants as border crossings rise
U.S. immigration officials at the southern border carried out more than 20,000 summary expulsions of migrants last month as unauthorized border crossings increased by the thousands — despite strict U.S. coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns in Mexico and Central America.
Customs and Border Protection officials at the U.S.-Mexico border encountered more than 23,000 unauthorized migrants in May and swiftly expelled over 20,000 of them under an emergency directive by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to government statistics published on Friday. In April, the first full month of the public health order being in place, nearly 17,000 migrants were apprehended. Over 15,000 of them were expelled.
The CDC directive, which has been extended indefinitely, has given the Trump administration the power to rapidly remove most border-crossers from U.S. soil — a long-sought objective of the president’s immigration agenda. In total, nearly 43,000 expulsions have been …continued .
[Source: CBS News]