The number of people attempting to enter the United States at the Mexican border plummeted last spring, after President Donald Trump closed the border due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, by the last quarter of 2020 — the beginning of fiscal 2021 — such attempts were higher than during the same period in recent years.
Source: “Southwest Border Migration,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection, March 10, 2021, https://tinyurl.com/44pjamr6
Data for the graphic are as follows:
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