The flow of migrants arriving at the southern border of USA remains high, a senior US official said Thursday, on the eve of the release of April’s figures, after the number of arrests peaked in 15 years in March.

“We continue to see large flows of migrants on our southern border,” said a senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In March, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded a 71% increase in the detention of undocumented immigrants at the border, compared to the previous month, bringing arrests to a 15-year high.

The number of unaccompanied minors registered an increase of 100% in one month, adding more than 18,890 children.

This rise generated harsh criticism from Republicans, who point out that there is a “crisis” on the border and accuse the government of Joe Biden to generate a call effect.

The US official stressed that the number of children in CBP custody was reduced from a peak of about 5,500 at the end of March to a level of between 600 and 750 minors.

Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris as charged with managing the growing influx of migrants from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) to the border, focusing on addressing the root causes of the mass exodus.

Harris will hold a virtual meeting with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on Friday and on June 7 and 8, she will travel to Mexico and Guatemala on her first trip abroad since she held office.

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