US detained nearly 100,000 migrants at Mexico border in February - sources

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02 March 2021, Mexico, San Ysidro: U.S. Border Patrol CPB agents increase their presence at the border crossing as a group of migrants made their way to the border post and knelt in front of it. The migrants of different origins asked the new US government for asylum. Photo: Stringer/dpa
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By Frank Jack Daniel and Ted Hesson

US border agents detained nearly 100,000 migrants at the US-Mexico border in February, according to two people familiar with preliminary figures, the highest arrest total for the month of February since 2006.

The figures, which have not been previously reported, show the scope of a growing surge of migrants arriving at the southwest border as US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, seeks to roll back some of the restrictive policies of former President Donald Trump, a Republican.

In particular, an increasing number of children arriving at the border without a parent or legal guardian has forced US officials in recent weeks to scramble for housing options and take steps to speed up their release to sponsors in the United States.

US Border Patrol agents caught more than 4,500 migrants crossing the US-Mexico border in a single day on Wednesday, according to government figures shared with Reuters, a sign that illegal entries could continue to rise in March.

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