New data indicates that more than 1 million illegal border crossings between the U.S. and Mexico will have been attempted for the first seven months of 2021.
The preliminary numbers for June indicate that nearly 190,000 migrants were subject to border encounters, on the half of 180,034 in the month of May.
711,784 border apprehensions have so far been made by the CBP in the first five months of the year.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner, the former acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said, “When you have open-border policies, people say, ‘I’m coming, I’m going to risk everything.'”
That said, the number of crossings expected from Cuba are quite slim. On Wednesday, the Homeland Security chief said the U.S. will not give refuge to those fleeing Cuba by boat. He specially warned Cubans not to come to the U.S. by sea.
“Any migrant intercepted at sea, regardless of their nationality, will not be permitted to enter the United States,” said Alejandro Mayorkas.
Critics point out that this indicates a double standard since the U.S. has been quite welcoming to Mexican migrants.