Migrant Numbers Fall by 50% after Title 42 Ends
The number of migrants attempting to cross the U.S-Mexico border fell by 50% in the days following the end of pandemic-era immigration restrictions.
Officials had braced for a massive migrant surge when the restrictions known as Title 42 lifted before midnight last Thursday, but the southern border has since been a scene of relative calm.
An official told the Associated Press that border agents had encountered a little less than 5,000 migrants a day since Title 42 expired, a sharp drop from roughly 10,000 daily encounters last week.
House Republicans Pass Hardline Immigration Bill
With the last COVID-19 restrictions officially lifted at the U.S.-Mexico border, House Republicans have passed a sweeping immigration bill aimed at bolstering border security and imposing restrictions on asylum seekers.
The House bill proposes several measures reminiscent of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, including a wall along the southern border and stricter limitations on asylum seekers.
Truck Drivers, Other Migrants Plan Boycott Over New Florida Immigration Law
Truck drivers and other migrants working across industries are calling for a boycott in Florida after Governor Ron Desantis signed a controversial new immigration bill into law last week.
The hashtags #noFlorida and #boycottFlorida are gaining traction on social media, encouraging migrants to stay home from work for up to a week. Videos show truck drivers planning to avoid driving in Florida starting on June 1.
Desantis’ sweeping new law promises the biggest crackdown on undocumented immigrants in a state in over a decade.
Biden’s Approval Rating at 40%, Americans Unhappy with Immigration
President Joe Biden’s approval rating remains steady at 40%, with immigration and the economy top concerns, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
More than half of respondents (56%) opposed increasing the number of immigrants allowed into the U.S. each year. Of those, 77% were Republican and 34% were Democrat.
Only 26% of those surveyed said they approved of how Biden was handling immigration.