/ Modified jul 18, 2023 4:06 p.m.

Migrant encounters drop during first month since end of Title 42

Despite concerns that the end of Title 42 would bring an influx of migrants, the number of apprehensions continue to drop, in Arizona and across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Migrants in Ajo Border officials process 241 migrants who crossed the border near Ajo, Arizona, on May 10, 2023, the day before the end of Title 42.
Danyelle Khmara

The number of times officials apprehended migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona continued to drop for the second month in a row.

Federal data released Tuesday show that border officials in Arizona apprehended unauthorized migrants about 36,000 times in June, a 25% decline from May.

Arizona’s numbers were consistent with data for the entire Southwest border, which show a continuing decline in migrant encounters during the first full month since the end of Title 42, a public health policy that ended in May and allowed officials to immediately expel migrants from the country.

Customs and Border Protection says that total migrant encounters at the Southwest border in June were the lowest in over two years.

Acting Director Troy Miller credits the drop to enforcing consequences for unauthorized entry as well as expanding access to official pathways of entering the country.

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