Cubans and Nicaraguans drive migration to the US border in November

SAN DIEGO — Illegal border crossings by Cubans and Nicaraguans rose sharply in November, while total migration flows were little changed from October, US authorities said on Friday.

The snap is the latest detailed account of who is crossing the border from Mexico amid preparations to end a Trump-era asylum ban. It marked the third highest monthly Earl of Joe Biden’s presidency.

Since March 2020, migrants have been denied the ability to seek asylum under US and international law 2.5 million times, under Title 42, a public health regulation aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. It was due to end two days ago when Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts announced it a temporary stop.

cuban, People leaving the island nation in the largest number in six decades were stopped 34,675 times at the US-Mexico border in November, up 21% from 28,848 times in October.

Nicaraguans, a big reason El Paso, Texas has become the busiest corridor for illegal crossings, were stopped 34,209 times, a 65% increase from October’s 20,920.

Overall, Customs and Border Protection recorded 233,740 encounters with migrants, up 1% from 231,294 in October. Mexicans were the largest nationality, followed by Cubans and Nicaraguans. Ecuadorians were stopped 11,831 times, 68% more than 7,031 times.

High costs, strained diplomatic ties and other considerations have hampered the Biden administration’s efforts to apply Title 42 to some nationalities, including Cubans and Nicaraguans.

Venezuelans were seen far less after that Mexico agreed on October 12 to begin receiving Title 42 expelled persons from the United States. They were stopped 7,931 times, down 64% from 22,045 in October.

Russians were stopped 5,507 times, up 42% from 3,879. The vast majority were admitted to the United States in San Diego under Title 42 exemptions. The Associated Press reported last week that CBP handed out 40 exemptions a day to a private group to select people and that the group charged Russian speakers money to help get them into the country.

CBP said Friday that those “who cannot establish a legal basis to remain in the United States will be removed expeditiously” after Title 42 ends. Last week, authorities reported faster processing of migrants in detention at the border, more makeshift detention tents, staff shortages and increased prosecutions of smugglers.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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