A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

February 25, 2021

The Biden administration has asked contractors to submit bids for maintenance on “tactical infrastructure” in the Tucson sector, which includes concertina wire in Nogales put up during the Trump administration.

Tags: Tucson

February 25, 2021

Lawyers are still trying to locate the parents of 506 children (down from 611 a month ago) separated under the Zero-Tolerance Policy, according to a recent court filing. 

Tags: Family Separation

February 24, 2021

A GAO report found that the Pentagon did not fully evaluate costs and effects on readiness associated with deploying troops to the US-Mexico border under Trump. The DOD developed rough, unreliable cost estimates and failed to fully disclose some costs, such as benefits for National Guardsmen and installation. DHS also disclosed that they would like troops to remain at the border for at least three years, though the mission is only approved through fiscal year 2021.

Tags: Military Deployments

February 24, 2021

UN agencies began processing individuals and families enrolled in the Remain in Mexico program from the Matamoros migrant camp for entry to the United States. Both the US and Mexican governments have asked the UN to aid in the process, and the International Organization for Migration is administering Covid tests to migrants. 

Tags: Asylum, Border and Migration Politics, Remain in Mexico

February 19, 2021

The mayor of Del Rio, Texas posted a YouTube video in which he urged the Biden administration to stop releasing migrants awaiting court dates into his town. Citing recent winter storms, power outages, and lack of access to food, the mayor claimed that Del Rio did not have the means to safely accommodate the migrants, especially in the midst of a pandemic.

Tags: Del Rio

February 18, 2021

A Honduran father and son were among the first Remain in Mexico enrollees to be admitted into the U.S. under the Biden administration. While in Mexico, the father was kidnapped, beaten, and held for ransom.

Tags: Asylum, Remain in Mexico

February 17, 2021

Border Patrol agents seized a drone carrying 1 pound of methamphetamine that crashed onto a roof in San Diego. Drone smuggling has increased in recent years as the technology becomes cheaper and more accessible.

Tags: Border Patrol, San Diego, Smuggling

February 16, 2021

Although the Mexican government promised to provide upwards of 3,500 jobs for migrants in the Remain in Mexico program, according to the Mexican Secretary of Labor only 64 were actually employed due partially to the fact that many migrants were never issued work permits.  

Tags: Asylum, Remain in Mexico

February 16, 2021

Freezing weather, with temperatures dropping to 25 degrees, has hit a migrant camp in Matamoros where Remain in Mexico enrollees await their turn to enter the United States. 

Tags: Asylum, Rio Grande Valley

February 11, 2021

78,323 migrants have been reportedly processed or apprehended during the month of January, a slight uptick from the previous month. Rates of migrants trying to cross the border more than once are up to 38 percent from 7 percent.

Tags: Migration

February 11, 2021

The Biden administration will soon begin admitting migrants enrolled in the Remain in Mexico program. The plan starts slowly at three ports of entry, targets those who still have active cases in US immigration courts, and will be based on the date of enrollment in the program, with exceptions made for especially vulnerable migrants.

Tags: Asylum, Border and Migration Politics, Remain in Mexico, U.S. Policy