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 GOP pass hardline Immigration Bill
With the last COVID 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.
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.
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.
(Text Courtesy: Boundless)