By Ivan Maltsev
In the U.S., more than 1.7 million migrants were detained at the border with Mexico.
The U.S. authorities detained more than 1.7 million migrants at the border with Mexico in the fiscal year 2021 (from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021); this is a record figure since 1986. This was reported on Wednesday by The Washington Post with reference to unpublished data of the U.S. Customs and Border Control Service, which were at the disposal of the publication.
According to him, the largest number of illegal migrants arrives in the United States from Mexico. In 2021, border guards arrested more than 608 thousand citizens of this country. The second-largest detainees are illegal migrants from Haiti, Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, Brazil, and other countries (367 thousand people). Also, in 2021, the authorities arrested 309 thousand migrants from Honduras, 279 thousand arrivals from Guatemala, and 96 thousand citizens of El Salvador.
According to The Washington Post, 1.3 million migrants have been detained at the South American border for nine months since U.S. President Joe Biden took office. According to the Border Customs Service, the U.S. authorities expelled 61% of all detainees from the country in 2021.
In 1986, the U.S. authorities detained 1.69 million migrants at all borders of the country. It is not specified how many of them were detained at the border with Mexico.
The Customs and Border Control Service is expected to publish official data for the fiscal year 2021 this week.