The crisis at the southwest border is getting worse, not better, according to new monthly data released this week by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Total migrant apprehensions topped 180,000 in May — a 20 -year high, putting the United States on track to exceed 1.5 million border apprehensions by the end of the fiscal year in September.
By any measure, we’re seeing an historic surge of illegal immigration at the border. Not since April 2000 have federal authorities detained that many people in a single month. Yet immigration advocates and some in the corporate press emphasized instead that apprehensions of unaccompanied minors and families declined in May compared to April — 23 percent for minors and 31 percent for families — taking it as an indication the Biden administration is indeed getting the border under control, as the president has repeatedly claimed.
But the most important bit of data released by CBP this week isn’t about minors or