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

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The Biden administration’s discretionary funding request for 2022 declined all border wall funding and rescinded unused funds that had previously been marked for construction.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

April 6, 2021

DHS Secretary Mayorkas told ICE employees that border wall construction may restart to plug gaps in the current barrier. 

Tags: ICE, U.S. Policy

April 5, 2021

The Biden administration has placed close to 30,000 radio ads across Latin America urging migrants not to make the journey to the U.S.-Mexico border. The advertisements have reached at least 7 million listeners to date.

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

April 2, 2021

Some migrants are now being released into the United States without documents due to lack of CBP capacity.

Tags: CBP