US Border Detentions Hit Record High, New Caravan Forming

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Detentions of undocumented migrants entering the United States from Mexico ¿reached a record high of 1.7 million this fiscal year, which ended in September, U.S. border authorities said Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The unprecedented surge of illegal migrants has created political riffs and humanitarian challenges for the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, who reversed the strict policies of his predecessor Donald Trump only to find himself and his government embroiled in a growing social crisis that has translated into a political liability.

Illegal crossings into the United States began rising last year, but skyrocketed after Biden took office,

Conservative Republicans in the United States have blamed Biden for encouraging increasing numbers of migrants, often travelling in large caravans, to make the trek to the border, leading to a state of social chaos and increased illegal drugs and crime.

Meanwhile, a new caravan of migrants of several thousand migrants — including Haitians, Venezuelans, Cubans and other Latin Americans — in Tapachula, Chiapas, near the Guatemala border, is currently organizing to head north over the weekend.

The Mexican government is trying to keep the caravan from leaving Tapachula.

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