WASHINGTON D.C.: Authorities in the United States have confirmed that 1.7 million migrants on the American-Mexican border were detained during the past 12 months, the highest figure ever recorded.
Also, information furnished by the United States documented that expulsions were carried out of over 1 million migrants to Mexico or their native nations.
Of these, nationals from over 160 countries were expelled from the U.S.
The Biden administration has been criticized by the public, as was apparent in opinion polls, partially owing to Biden’s immigration policy.
An AP-NORC poll conducted in the beginning of December found that only 35 percent of those polled agreed with how Biden handled the migrant issue.
The Biden government had earlier vowed to adopt a more humane approach to immigration policy, as compared to former president Donald Trump, but the ongoing border crisis had riddled the American-Mexican frontier.
The arrests this year, ending in September, have reached the highest figures since reporting began two decades ago. In 2000, over 1.6 million migrants had been detained at the American-Mexican border.
“The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a larger-than-usual number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts,” according to the United States.
Those seeking illegal entry into the United States were largely from Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and El Salvador.
Adults without children, reaching over 1.1 million, constituted the largest group of detainees.
Additionally, authorities in the United States said they counted over 145,000 children, who were not detained, considered to be an all-time high figure.
Nearly 11,000 of these children were still in government custody as of December 10.