Originally Published in CNN
Priscilla Alvarez - April 2, 2021
The data underscores the ongoing challenge facing the Biden administration
as officials scramble to set up emergency sites to house migrant children, many of whom have been held in poor conditions.
In March, CBP encountered 18,800 unaccompanied children at the border, according to the preliminary data, nearly doubling the number apprehensions of children in February and setting a record high. In May 2019, the highest month of arrests during that year's crisis, CBP arrested 11,861 unaccompanied children
at the US southern border.
Single adults still make up the majority of border apprehensions, with 99,300 encountered in March, the preliminary data reveals, up from 71,598 in February. Single adults are largely being turned away at the US southern border as soon as they're encountered under a public health order, and as a result, the figure might also account for repeat crossers.
More migrant families are also arriving. In March, around 53,500 families were encountered by border officials, up from 19,246 in February. Some families are being swiftly expelled, while others are being released in the US as a result of limited capacity in Mexico.
CNN reached out to CBP for comment.