The arrests of migrant families on the US border Mexico and Mexico rose 375% between October and March last compared to the same months of fiscal year 2018, reported Tuesday the US Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP).
March was also the month with the most arrests in the last five years, with a total of 92,607 cases, added CBP.
"In March, 92,607 people were apprehended between the ports of entry on the southern border, compared to 66,884 in February and 47,984 in January," the CPB explained on its website.
In a message on his Twitter account, the CBP explained that this total is equivalent to an average of 3,000 detainees per day and pointed out that 76% of those arrested came from three countries: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The Border Patrol recalled that during the entire fiscal year 2018 (October 2017-September 2018) 396,579 people were detained at the entry points on the border with Mexico.
On the other hand, CBP indicated that on March 10,885 people who showed up at the ports of entry in the United States were declared "inadmissible."
That figure exceeds the 9,651 cases counted in February and 10,309 in January of this year, the Border Patrol report highlights.
During fiscal year 2018, a total of 124,511 people who went to the ports of entry on the border with Mexico were considered "inadmissible."
The Office of Customs and Border Protection considered that an "unprecedented and unsustainable situation on the southern border" is currently being experienced, which it described as "a crisis of border and humanitarian security."
US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Feb. 15 after Congress refused to approve funds for his promised wall on the border between the two countries.
Before a resolution passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives that urged the president to end the emergency, Trump appealed on March 15 to his veto power.
Last weekend the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned, which has opened a series of questions about Trump's plans on the border.
Nielsen, who will remain in office until Wednesday as she completes a swift handover, will close a sour chapter at the head of DHS on account of the policy of separation of immigrant children from her parents, which made her a target of criticism and now, the Trump's eyes, in the secretary that in spite of it did not manage to contain the irregular migratory flow.