Illegal border crossings from Mexico to the United States continued at an elevated rate last month.
According to Fox News, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) saw more than 200,000 migrants unlawfully cross the southern border during the month of August.
Statistics show that single adults accounted for roughly half of the crossings. Another 19,000 were unaccompanied minors. The rest represented family units.
Numbers continue to climb
According to The Daily Wire, August was the second month in a row to top 200,000 border crossings, though it was slightly lower than the 212,000 recorded in July. It was the first month-to-month decrease since President Joe Biden took office.
Compared to previous years, last month saw a 317% increase compared to August 2020 and a 233% increase over August 2019.
There were 7% fewer single adult crossings in August than in July and a similar decline in unaccompanied children. Authorities reported about a 4% increase in encounters with family units, however.
In total, the U.S. is on pace to top 2 million illegal border crossings this year, which will register among other record-setting years.
Biden’s approval rating steadily drops
Of those intercepted by authorities at the border last month, about 44% were expelled from the country under the public health code first enacted under former President Donald Trump.
As a result of a recent court order, the Biden administration has been compelled to re-implement a Trump-era policy requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending in the U.S.
The White House has been allowing unaccompanied minors to remain in the country, however, as well as families including children under 1 or a pregnancy.
Biden continues to face harsh criticism for the worsening southern border crisis. In response, the president has asserted that his administration is working to address the situation while attempting to shift the blame on his predecessor whenever feasible.
Of course, it appears that many Americans are not convinced that Biden is up to the task. Immigration is one of many issues frequently cited in polls documenting the president’s decreasing approval rating. Roughly nine months into his administration, one recent poll showed his approval at just 42% after a string of surveys placed it below 50% since early last month.