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.
In his first formal news conference, President Joe Biden said that his government is sending back the vast majority of the immigrant families trying to cross the southwestern border. In an attempt to relieve concerns from U.S. citizens over the numbers of immigrants entering the U.S. by he said that his administration will work with Mexico to return those at the border to Mexico. The White House did not provide any data in support of the president's claim.
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.