Migration crisis: US detained 242 thousand people on the southern border in November

The authorities US immigration authorities detained more than 242 thousand migrants and asylum seekers at the southern border in November, according to figures published this Friday by the Customs and Border Control Office (CBP).

The November data represents a slight increase, less than 1 percent, compared to October, but maintains the trend of high arrivals of migrants at the border with Mexico that has been evident in recent months.

In fact, November was the third month with the most arrestss of migrants at the border in the last 14 months, according to CBP data.

The majority of the people arrested, more than 191,000, attempted to cross into US territory irregularly, according to the data.

The acting commissioner of CBP, Troy Miler, assured in a statement that his agency faces a “significant challenge” and asked the United States Congress to approve more resources to “improve border security and national security.”

“Migration levels remain historically high,” the statement stressed.

In November, CBP recorded more than 64,811 arrests of people of Mexican nationality, followed by Venezuelans, with 34,063 arrests, and Guatemalans, with 26,299.

How have deportations behaved in recent months?

These data show an increase in migration from Guatemala, with an increase of 10 percent compared to the month of October.

In turn, the figures reflect a 16 percent decrease in the number of Venezuelans arriving at the border, just over a month after the United States resumed deportation flights to Venezuela, after years of freezing this practice.

In SeptemberBefore deportation flights resumed, more than 66,000 Venezuelans were arrested at the border.

Since the middle of the year, when an immigration restriction was liftedthat had been imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Democratic Administration has promulgated a series of regulations to try limit the arrival of migrants at the border and restrict access to asylum.

However, it has not achieved the desired effect, amid a global increase in the movement of people, motivated by the search for better economic opportunities in the United States and fleeing different social and political crises in America and other places in the world.

Venezuelan migration, specifically, is already the largest human displacement worldwide, with more than 7.7 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees, according to UN data.