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Nearly 19,000 kids picked up traveling alone across Mexican border in March, largest monthly number ever tallied

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. authorities say they picked up nearly 19,000 children traveling alone across the Mexican border in March.

It’s the largest monthly number ever recorded and a major test for President Joe Biden as he reverses many of his predecessor’s hardline immigration tactics.

A complex mix of policies and conditions in the United States and Central America is driving the increase.

It coincides with the Biden administration’s decision to exempt unaccompanied children from pandemic-related powers to immediately expel most people from the country without giving them an opportunity to seek asylum.


Associated Press


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