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

March 29, 2021

The Biden administration could need as many as 34,100 additional beds to keep up with projected numbers of unaccompanied minors, according to internal documents. 

Tags: Unaccompanied Children

March 26, 2021

Border Patrol has begun dropping off groups of migrant family units at small Arizona towns in the Sonoran desert without resources to receive them. A total of 54 migrants have been dropped off in Ajo, and dozens more in Gila Bend. 

Tags: Border Patrol, Tucson

March 26, 2021

The Biden administration is anticipating increased numbers of unaccompanied minors for April and May. Internal projections indicate between 18,600-22,000 crossings for April and between 21,800- 25,000 for May.

Tags: Unaccompanied Children

March 25, 2021

The Biden administration has launched an effort to open 16,000 emergency beds to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors by opening several more influx facilities. 

Tags: Unaccompanied Children

March 24, 2021

The Biden administration announced that VP Kamala Harris will take the lead on immigration issues at the southern border. Her main focus will be working to slow the flow of irregular migration and to improve relationships with Mexico and Northern Triangle countries. 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, U.S. Policy

March 23, 2021

CNN may have aired a staged video of a border crossing, according to border activists and volunteers. In the clip, which aired on March 12th, a coyote can be seen in camouflage and a ski mask making six trips back and forth across the Rio Grande (none of which is standard practice at all). 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics

March 22, 2021

Some migrant families will be housed in hotels (after initial Border Patrol processing) managed by nonprofit organizations that will provide testing, medical care, and case managers to assist with relocation.  

Tags: Alternatives to Detention, Border Patrol

March 19, 2021

Restrictions of movement across the US- Mexico border have not significantly reduced drug trafficking, according to law enforcement officials from both countries. The restrictions caused a slight drop in drug flows at the beginning of the pandemic, but traffickers have since adjusted and flows have returned to normal levels.

Tags: Smuggling