The Biden administration announced Operation Sentinel to disrupt transnational criminal organizations and human smugglers through targeted economic sanctions and involvement from partner countries.
Senators Cornyn, Sinema, and Cuellar introduced The Bipartisan Border Solutions Act, which increases CBP involvement in the asylum process and is intended to streamline and speed up processing at the border.
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.
Governor Doug Ducey issued an emergency declaration and deployed the Arizona National Guard to the southern border to support law enforcement efforts, at an initial cost of $25 million.
Close to 100 migrants expelled across the border into Reynosa walked on to the Hidalgo International Bridge to protest expulsions and to call for the Biden administration to let them in.
A Honduran woman died at McAllen Medical Center in Border Patrol custody after being picked up near the Rio Grande and transported by ambulance to the hospital.
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.
A federal judge ruled that the Biden administration has the right to seize 6.5 acres of privately-owned land along the Rio Grande under eminent domain due to the government’s “urgency of possession”.
The Biden administration awarded a $530 million no bid contract to Family Endeavors, a Texas nonprofit that does contracting work on the border.
The Biden administration will nominate Ur Jaddou, a longtime Democratic immigration policy official, to lead USCIS.
The number of unaccompanied minors in CBP custody has dropped 45%, from a peak of 5,767 on March 28th down to 3,130 as of April 11th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roberta Jacobson will step down at the end of the month as the Biden administration’s border coordinator, a temporary position.
U.S. border authorities took 18,890 unaccompanied minors into custody in March, the highest number on record.
U.S. authorities took 172,331 migrants into custody during March, the highest monthly total since 2001.
Border Patrol expelled roughly a third of migrant families in March (17,000 of 53,000), according to government data.
There were 435 incidents in the Rio Grande Valley sector of families self-separating after being apprehended crossing together between February 24th and March 23rd, according to Border Patrol.