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Border arrests top 1 million after setting 20-year record for June

A group of Brazilian migrants who just crossed the border in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. Border Patrol has made more than 1 million arrests of migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border since last October, after June set a 20-year record for that month, according to government data released on Friday.

Why it matters: The surge in migrants attempting to cross the border has continued — inciting Republicans to blame the Biden administration, while Democrats and immigration advocates pressure the president to undo strict Trump-era enforcement policies.

Scoop: A rise in immigrant deaths from COVID-19

The remains of a Salvadoran man found 100 miles into Texas. He tested positive for COVID-19 post-mortem. Photo: Noticias Telemundo Investiga

About 40% of undocumented immigrants who died on their way to the U.S. and ended up in a Falfurrias, Texas, morgue had contracted COVID-19 prior to their deaths.

Details: A Noticias Telemundo Investiga report shows an increased incidence of coronavirus in the bodies of migrants recovered in border states, as the number of deceased John and Jane Does rises this summer.

30% of immigrants in ICE custody have refused a coronavirus vaccine

A prisoner shines a torch from the main ICE detention center in downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

Three in 10 immigrants in U.S. detention centers are saying no to the COVID-19 vaccine, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Vaccine hesitancy among detained immigrants has added an unlikely twist to the challenges of a pandemic-era increase in border migration.

DHS chief tells Cubans, Haitians: "If you take to the sea, you will not come" to U.S.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP via Getty Images

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urged Cuban and Haitian people in a press conference at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters on Tuesday not to travel to the United States amid recent turmoil in both countries.

Why it matters: Research shows political instability and violence can drive migration to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Migration trends between the U.S. and Mexico have flipped upside down

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Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The past few years have seen a marked decline in the number of people migrating from the U.S. to Mexico, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

Why it matters: Mexico has long been the largest country of origin for immigrants in the U.S. However, there was even more migration from the U.S. to Mexico in the 2000s and early 2010s— a trend that reversed in the years before the pandemic.

ICE to end detentions of most pregnant, nursing and postpartum immigrants

A Salavadoran woman, five months pregant, waits to board a U.S. Customs and Border Protection bus after crossing the border from Mexico on April 13 in La Joya, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will no longer detain most pregnant, nursing and postpartum undocumented immigrants, per a new policy released Friday.

Why it matters: The policy is the latest move by the Biden administration to ease immigration detention policies implemented during the Trump administration.

Settlement reached over immigration detention hotline shut down by ICE

People protesting ICE in May pass the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, where many undocumented immigrants are held in custody. Photo: David McNew via Getty Images.

An immigrant rights group said Thursday it has reached a settlement with federal immigration authorities that allows it to continue to operate a hotline used by detained immigrants across the U.S. to report abuses.

Why it matters: The toll-free number, believed to be the country's biggest immigration detention hotline, receives between 600 and 14,500 calls each month, according to Freedom for Immigrants, which sued the Trump administration after it shut down the line in 2019.

ICE eyes new ways to track migrants

A migrant family awaits processing after crossing the Rio Grande last week. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Biden administration is exploring ways to provide non-detention tracking and services for as many as 100,000 migrant families and 18- to 21-year-olds each year, according to a new government request.

Why it matters: The request for information by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reveals the kinds of options the Biden administration is considering to avoid detaining migrants.

Venezuelan migrants crossing U.S. border in record numbers

A family walks toward Texas state troopers after crossing the Rio Grande near the U.S. border with Mexico in Del Rio, Texas. Photo: Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images

Venezuelan migrants are crossing the southern border along the Rio Grande into Texas in record numbers as they look to escape the political, social and economic crisis in their home country, AP reports.

By the numbers: A total of 7,484 Venezuelans were approached by U.S. Border Patrol agents in May at the southern border — "more than all 14 years for which records exist," AP writes.

Jun 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Border Democrats want migrants vaccinated

Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Tex.) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Some Democrats representing border districts want President Biden to vaccinate migrants crossing into the U.S. — especially if he lifts public health restrictions that have prevented them from claiming asylum on American soil.

Why it matters: Inoculating migrants treads a fine line of protecting the U.S. population while possibly incentivizing more migration with the offer of free COVID-19 vaccines. Republicans are likely to pounce on that.