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Donald Trump to visit Mexican border amid migrant surge

Former US President Donald Trump is to visit the Mexican border after a surge of migrants attempted to illegally enter the US.

According to the US Customs and Border Protection Agency, there were over 180,000 migrants arrested in May which is the largest monthly total since 2000. Since October there have been over one million apprehensions made.

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Up to 1,000 migrants per day are cared for at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Centre in McAllen, Texas.

In regards to the migration issue, Pastor Luis Silva stated, “People tell me that they have come because they think President Biden will help them and give them asylum while President Trump said the opposite and that narrative will increase the number of people,”.

One migrant named Sarah said, “I am a single mother with two children. We lost everything in a storm and felt we had to come to the United States,”.

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As a result of the Covid-19 restrictions that president Joe Biden has kept, the vast majority of those who were arrested were sent back to Mexico with the exception of unaccompanied minors and families with small children.

The Biden Administration has also been met with criticism over the condition of the migrant detention centres.

Donald Trump is set to travel to Texas to highlight what he sees as the failures of the current administration’s immigration policies.

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