US detained nearly 100,000 migrants at Mexico border in February, sources say

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Sat, 2021-03-06 04:52

WASHINGTON: US border agents detained nearly 100,000 migrants at the US-Mexico border in February, according to two people familiar with preliminary figures, the highest monthly total since a major border surge in mid-2019.
The figures, which have not been previously reported, show the scope of a growing migrant influx at the southwest border as US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, seeks to roll back some of the restrictive policies of former President Donald Trump, a Republican. February was Biden’s first full month in office.

Migrant families walk down a dirt road after crossing the Rio Grande River into the US from Mexico in Penitas, Texas, on March 5, 2021. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
A woman and her baby from Honduras prepare to board a truck after crossing the Rio Grande river into the US from Mexico in Penitas, Texas, on March 5, 2021. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
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