United States

Unprecedented number of migrants detained at US-Mexico border

14:35, 23 October 2021
Unprecedented number of migrants detained at US-Mexico border

More than 1.7 mln migrants from at least 160 countries were detained in the 2021 fiscal year.


The US Customs and Border Protection has announced that 1.7 million migrants were detained along its border with Mexico in the last 12 months – the record number since the first count held in the 1960s.

A total of 1,734,685 migrants were detained in the 2021 fiscal year. 75,480 of the detained were reported by the Office of Field Operations while the other 1,659,206 records were registered by the US Border Patrol.

"The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a larger-than-usual number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts," the US Customs and Border Protection representatives said.

July and August were the busiest months for the border patrol services with more than 200,000 detentions recorded.

The largest category of the detained were adults without children - more than 1.1 million (64%). Individuals in a Family Unit made about 450,000 of the total number (27%), while the rest were Unaccompanied Children, around 145,000.

The 2021 fiscal year ended in September and recorded the highest number of migrants detained since the start of the data collection in the 1960s. The closest number was registered in 2000 when around 1.6 mln migrants were arrested along the Mexican border.

Only 35% of the US population approve of President Joe Biden’s way to deal with the border issue according to a survey carried out by AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. At the end of September Texas announced that it was going to file a lawsuit against the White House after hundreds of Haitian migrants had been released in the US.