FIRST ON FOX: There were over 200,000 targets migrant encounters at southern in August, a DHS source told Fox News on Wednesday, the second consecutive month the number has surpassed the 200,000 mark as migrants continue to attempt to enter the United States
The source told Fox that there were 208,887 encounters in August. Although this is the first decrease in migrant encounters observed under the Biden administration, where migrant encounters have risen sharply for months, it is only a decrease in 2% compared to more than 212,000 meetings in July.
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In addition, the number of 208,887 for the month of August represents an increase of 317% compared to August 2020, which recorded 50,014 arrests, and an increase of 233% compared to August 2019, when there were 62,707 apprehensions during this year's crisis .
Of those encounters, 49% were single adults, down 7% from July. Of the encounters, 44% were kicked out via Title 42 public health protections put in place under the Trump administration and extended by the Biden administration.
The The Biden administration kicked out single adults and some migrant families under the ordinance, implemented due to COVID-19, but did not deport unaccompanied children or migrant familiesrants with young children.
There were 18,847 meetings of unaccompanied children in August, down slightly from July, and 86,487 meetings of family units, marking an increase of 4% compared to July.
A CBP spokesperson told Fox News it did not provide preliminary data until data for August was released on its website, which they said would be released in the next few days.
The Biden administration has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the crisis along the US-Mexico , which Republican critics have blamed on the setback spectacular policies of the Trump era such as the construction of walls and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) . He also reduced the domestic priorities of Immigration and Customs (ICE) and lobbied forr legalization of illegal immigrants already in the country. He also freed migrants inside, treated UACs to sponsors already in the country, and freed migrant families, which angered Republican governors and other lawmakers.
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The Biden administration backed down, accusing the Trump administration of 'having sealed off legal avenues for asylum, while emphasizing the role that root causes, such as poverty, violence and corruption in Central America, play in encouraging migrants to travel north.
The DHS secretary , Alejandro Mayorkas, said the administration intends to continue its strategy, which it says is to rebuild "safe, legal and orderly routes for migrants ", improve treatment and continue smugglers.
"We have a plan, we execute our plan and it takes time " he said last month when he announced the July numbers.
He also told officials in a Fox News audio that the situation was "unsustainable.
" A few days ago I was in Mexico, and I said listen , you know, if, if our s are the first line of defense, we will lose and it 's not sustainable "said Mayorkas. " We cannot continue like this, our geOur field cannot continue and our system is not designed for that. "
The administration has recently suffered a legal blow when the Supreme Court refused to delay an order forcing the Biden administration to re-implement the Migrant Protection Protocols - a Trump-era policy that keeps migrants in Mexico pending hearing.
DHS said it was working to implement the order in good faith, while a patrol source in La Joya, Texas told Fox News they were now sending all families back to Mexico, unless they had a child under the age of 1 or a migrant was pregnant.
Jennifer Girdon, Bill Melugin and Jonathan Hunt of Fox News contributed to this report.