172,000 tried to cross border illegally in March, the most in 15 years

More than 172,000 people attempted to come across the border from Mexico illegally in March, marking the highest monthly total in 15 years and five times greater than the amount seen last March at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden’s first 100 days have been overtaken by the situation at the border, which Republicans have unsuccessfully urged him to declare a “crisis.” Biden has yet to visit the southern border since moving into the White House and has been focused on economic recovery and infrastructure as the government rolls out coronavirus vaccines nationwide.

Ninety-seven percent of the 172,000 tried to get across in between land ports of entry
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