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

April 28, 2021

The Biden administration announced Operation Sentinel to disrupt transnational criminal organizations and human smugglers through targeted economic sanctions and involvement from partner countries.

Tags: Smuggling, U.S. Policy

April 23, 2021

Migrants are being expelled into dangerous Mexican border cities in the middle of the night, which is outside the cutoff times of 8/10 pm and violates the US-Mexico repatriation agreement.

Tags: Expulsions

April 19, 2021

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he will propose a new regional migration agreement during the virtual Climate Summit. This proposal includes the expansion of legal work programs in Mexico and the United States, with an eventual pathway to U.S. citizenship. 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Migration

April 12, 2021

President Biden has asked Congress to increase funding for ICE and CBP workforce oversight offices to $470 million (a 22 percent increase) to help investigate white supremacist beliefs.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, CBP

April 12, 2021

President Biden is planning to nominate Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead CBP, according to a White House announcement. Magnus was reportedly selected for his efforts on police reform and for his understanding of the separation between local law enforcement and federal law enforcement.

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

April 12, 2021

The Biden administration has flown around 2,000 asylum seekers from Texas to San Diego to be expelled across the border into Tijuana, all of whom are families with children. Many were never given a chance to tell their stories to Border Patrol, and many reported inconsistent and arbitrary decisions made by CBP.

Tags: Asylum, Border Patrol, San Diego

April 9, 2021

The Biden administration’s discretionary funding request for 2022 declined all border wall funding and rescinded unused funds that had previously been marked for construction. The request also asks for $4.3 billion for ORR and $861 million for root causes in the Northern Triangle region.

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

April 8, 2021

U.S. authorities took 172,331 migrants into custody during March, the highest monthly total since 2001. 

Tags: Border Patrol

April 8, 2021

Border Patrol expelled roughly a third of migrant families in March (17,000 of 53,000), according to government data. 

Tags: Border Patrol