A court declaration Friday from US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz revealed the number, which previously hadn't been released to the public.
Since the Trump administration invoked a public health law to implement new restrictions at the border on March 20, the agency has expelled more than 159,000 people, according to Ortiz. That figure, Ortiz says, included 8,800 children who were traveling alone and 7,600 family members.
The Border Patrol official's filing, first reported by CBS News
, reveals new details about who has been kicked out of the US under the sweeping public health restrictions, which largely bar migrants from entering the country