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Fewer children, families crossed into US from Mexico in May

Fewer children, families crossed into US from Mexico in May
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Data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Wednesday showed that fewer children and families crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in May, although the number of crossings is still high.

The number of unaccompanied children in May hit 14,158, the third-highest number for the month of May on record, the data showed. However, the number was down from April, when CBP saw 17,148 unaccompanied minors. 

The number of families also dropped by almost 6,000, with 50,228 crossing the border in April and 44,794 crossing the border in May.

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The Biden administration has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle for its handling of the border. Total crossings are near 20-year-highs, according to The Associated Press.

Overall crossings between May and April saw little change, with May seeing 180,034 and April seeing 178,854.

Vice President Harris this week took her first foreign trip to the Northern Triangle and received criticism during a stop in Guatemala, where she told Central Americans not to come to the U.S.

Under the Biden administration, none of the unaccompanied children last month were turned away, but 20 percent of families were turned away, and 90 percent of single adults were turned away, the AP noted.