A new wave of migrants who are not from the typical countries that flood the U.S. southern border are attempting to illegally enter the United States, according to a report from Axios. There are tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from overseas who are traveling to the southern border because they believe they can gain access to the U.S. during the current migrant crisis.
Typically, migrants encountered at the U.S. southern border are from Mexico and Central America's Northern Triangle, which includes Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. However, there has been an alarming spike in migrants from atypical countries on the other side of the world.
There were 33,877 migrants from countries other than Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador encountered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in April. The number of migrants who are not from the usual countries is exploding during the border crisis. There were 25,126 in March and 11,911 in February. April 2021's total is triple what it was in 2019 (11,665) and there were only 1,310 CBP encounters in April 2020, according to Department of Homeland Security data.
"More than 12,500 Ecuadoreans were encountered in March, up from 3,568 in January," the outlet stated. "Nearly 4,000 Brazilians and more than 3,500 Venezuelans were intercepted, up from just 300 and 284, respectively, in January. The numbers in coming months are expected to be higher."
"From India and elsewhere in Asia, they embark on Phileas Fogg journeys," the Times said. "Some reported taking buses in their hometowns to a big city, like Mumbai, where they boarded planes to Dubai and then connected through Moscow, Paris and Madrid, finally flying to Mexico City. From there, they embarked on the two-day bus ride to reach the Mexico-U.S. border."
There were over 2,217 Romanians apprehended by CBP at the southern border since the start of the fiscal year 2021, which began in October 2020. There were only 266 Romanians caught at the border in fiscal 2020 and 289 in fiscal 2019, according to CBP data.
A Reuters photographer claimed to have witnessed nearly 200 Romanians crossing at different points along the Texas border over a three-week period this year.
Many of the overseas migrants at the U.S. border are Romani, a traditionally nomadic people who originated from northern India and are now Europe's largest ethnic minority, but "have a long history of social exclusion and discrimination" and are attempting to seek asylum in the United States.
Four people whose names were on the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database have been arrested attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico since Oct. 1 of last year. Three of the suspects were Yemen nationals and another was Serbian.
Border Patrol agents encountered 178,622 migrants in April attempting to enter the U.S. illegally at the southern border. Border apprehensions during April were the highest in over 20 years, since March 2000 when there were 220,063 illegal aliens during Bill Clinton's presidency.