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.
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.
Border Patrol detained 600 families for several days under the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission, Texas. Migrants were held from Saturday to Monday, and were not provided with adequate shelter or medical care.
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector were authorized on Saturday to begin releasing migrants from custody before they had been given court dates. Some were given temporary identification, and others were told they would be contacted within 30 days.
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.
U.S. border officials are holding 5,000 unaccompanied minors in custody, and many are remaining in Border Patrol custody for longer than the legal limit of 72 hours.
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.
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.
Unaccompanied migrant children are staying in Border Patrol facilities for an average of 107 hours (far more than the legal limit of 72), according to internal documents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Border Patrol says it has apprehended more than twice as many migrant children since January 1st in the Yuma sector than during the same period in 2019, with most coming from Central America.
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.
Two migrants sustained serious injuries after falling from the border wall near New Mexico and were expelled to Mexico instead of receiving medical attention, despite not being able to stand on their own.
The Border Patrol’s Tethered Aerostat Radar System (also known as TARS or “eye in the sky”) is being dismantled, according to U.S. Rep Henry Cuellar. It costs $30 million per year to operate the blimps in South Texas, and it is being scrapped primarily to save money.