The number of border apprehensions went up slightly last month, breaking an 8 months streak of declining numbers after a peak last May:
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials apprehended or turned away more than 37,000 migrants last month, a slight increase from January’s 36,600 enforcement actions, which also include people who are deemed “inadmissible” and barred from entering the U.S. The numbers of families apprehended in February continued the downward trend of recent months, but there was a slight uptick in arrests of single adults and unaccompanied migrant minors.
The apprehensions last month, however, pale in comparison to figures from February of last year, when U.S. officials apprehended more than 76,000 migrants at the beginning of an unprecedented surge of Central American families making their way to the U.S southern border to seek asylum.
Last Friday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that the Trump administration would have to stop the “remain in Mexico” policy which sends migrants seeking asylum back to Mexico while awaiting their appointment with an immigration judge. However, yesterday the court reversed itself and allowed the rule to remain in place, at least temporarily: