Timeline for entries tagged “Border Patrol”

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

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 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

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 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

Border Patrol reported that they have encountered 32 “large groups” (defined as more than 100) of migrants on the southern border since October 2020. This is far below the 213 encountered during fiscal year 2019, and less than half of the number during the same period in that year.

Tags: Border Patrol

March 18, 2021

Former Border Patrol agent Jen Budd published an article claiming that Border Patrol is, in part, manufacturing a border crisis by intentionally slow-walking processing and feeding a false narrative to major media outlets and politicians. 

Tags: Border Patrol, Processing

March 4, 2021

The thirteen migrants that were killed in a traffic collision near Holtville, California when a semi truck crashed into a vehicle carrying 25 migrants formed part of a larger group of 44 that had entered the United States through a hole in the border wall in the El Centro sector. The same day, a Chevrolet Suburban carrying the other 19 burst into flames and all passengers were taken into custody by Border Patrol. 

Tags: Border Patrol, El Centro, Migrant Deaths

March 4, 2021

CBP has created a new position to deal with the situation at the border. The Border Patrol processing coordinator will care for migrants in detention at processing centers and free up Border Patrol agents for other responsibilities. 

Tags: Border Patrol, CBP

March 4, 2021

108 migrants in Brownsville tested positive for Covid-19, provoking an outcry from, among others, the Texas governor who repealed a mask mandate days before. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) also reported that an unidentified number of additional Border Patrol agents are being sent to the Rio Grande Valley sector on 30-day assignments to help manage the situation on the border. 

Tags: Border Patrol, Coronavirus, Rio Grande Valley

February 26, 2021

U.S border officials are planning to open another soft-sided facility for processing and holding migrants in the Del Rio sector near Eagle Pass, TX.

Tags: Border Patrol, Del Rio

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