The 21-day average for border encounters is around 40,000 per week, a Department of Homeland Security official told CNN, adding that the pace continued to strain resources and put migrants at risk.
Earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas declined to provide a timeline for when the administration would lift the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order that allows for the rapid deportation of migrants, known as the name of Title 42.
“We are monitoring the data, we are monitoring the science led by the CDC, and we will no longer rely on Title 42 when there is no longer an imperative public health basis to do so,” Mayorkas told lawmakers at the meeting. a House panel hearing on Wednesday. .
DHS declined to comment on Friday because the figures for May have yet to be finalized.
“CBP continues to see a significant influx of illegal migration along the southwest border,” said Troy Miller, senior customs and border protection official serving as commissioner, in a statement at the start of the report. months when the April data was announced.
In recent weeks, the average time spent by unaccompanied children in border patrol custody has remained below 30 hours, according to preliminary data.
At the same time, data shows a small but steady increase in the number of families allowed to enter the United States at points of entry along the border.
For one week in May, 900 family members were treated, up from around 775 the week before and 680 the week before. It is not clear what to attribute the increase to.
CNN’s Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.