Data is not accurate, but most people arriving at the U.S-Mexico border are placed in temporary facilities as they await news on their status.
The latest monthly data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows a different picture. Federal officials recorded 18,945 encounters with families in February. Just 7,900 families were turned away at the border. Border Patrol agents are expelling the families under a public health law invoked by the Trump administration.
Biden's homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that more time would be needed before families can safely arrive in the U.S. He acknowledged that many attempting to cross the border were fleeing violence and extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes and flooding.