“We’re sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming.”
President Joe Biden in his first press conference as president sought to relieve concerns about the numbers of people arriving at the southern border, claiming that the vast majority are “being sent back,” including families.
“Thousands, tens of thousands of people who are over 18 years of age and single people, one at a time coming, have been sent back, sent home,” Biden said March 25. “We’re sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming. We are trying to work out now with Mexico their willingness to take more of those families back.”
Data reported by Customs and Border Protection shows that he’s right about adults coming alone — most encountered by Border Patrol agents are being expelled under a public health law invoked by the Trump administration and still in effect under Biden.
But Biden’s claim about families facing the same outcome is wrong, according to the latest monthly data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
February’s numbers are all we have so far on enforcement actions during Biden’s tenure. (Most of January’s data came during the Trump administration.) The numbers cover how many people were apprehended and placed into deportation proceedings as well as the number of people who were turned away under a public health law invoked last year.
Border Patrol in February encountered close to 19,000 “family unit aliens” (this can include a child and at least one parent), and around 7,900 were expelled. So more than 11,000 — the majority — were let in and placed in immigration proceedings.
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