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The number of noncitizens arriving at the border has skyrocketed as socioeconomic conditions in South and Central America–like the Haitian political crisis, and violence in the Northern triangle–have added to this wave of people arriving at the U.S. border. The rate of detention during encounters at the southwestern U.S. border has increased by more than five times between July 2020 and July 2021. Between Biden’s inauguration day on January 21, 2021 and October 1, 2021, the number of noncitizens detained by ICE or CPB has increased 56% from around 14,000 to over 22,000.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on November 4, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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