Crossings of unaccompanied minors on the US-Mexico border increase. | News

The Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP, for its acronym in English) reported Tuesday that the number of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border between Mexico and the United States in February increased by 37 percent.

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According to a statement posted on the CBP website, 12,011 unaccompanied children were counted during February, compared to 8,760 reported in January.

In total figures, the immigration authorities detained 164,973 people who crossed the US-Mexico border. in February (7 percent more than compared to January).

Of these, 30 percent of those arrested in February were people who had been intercepted at least once in the last year, while 76 percent were single adults (126,151).

According to the report, the encounters of people from family units decreased by 17 percent (from 31,998 in January to 26,582 in February).

Customs and Border Protection reported that 83,553 single adults (66 percent of the total intercepted) were processed for removal from the US under Title 42.

Meanwhile, a total of 42,598 were processed to apply as people who wish to enter legally, due to their status as refugees and others, under Title 8.

On March 12, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) decided to stop applying the health standard known as Title 42 to unaccompanied minors.

This was approved during the administration of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and allows migrants to be expelled for health reasons. The CDC’s decision means it will continue to apply to adults and families.