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:

Month FY2019 Entry Attempts FY2020 Entry Attempts FY2021 Entry Attempts
October 60,781 45,139 71,946
November 62,469 42,643 72,111
December 60,794 40,565 74,018
January 58,317 36,585 76,442
February 76,545 36,687 100,441
March 103,731 34,460 Not Available
April 109,415 17,106 Not Available
May 144,116 23,237 Not Available
June 104,311 33,049 Not Available
July 81,777 40,929 Not Available
August 62,707 50,014 Not Available
September 52,546 57,674 Not Available

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