The Heat: U.S. Migrant Crisis

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Illegal crossings along the U.S. southern border are on the rise again, three months after the Biden administration issued new asylum restrictions. 

More than 130,000 migrants were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in July according to data obtained by The Washington Post. That’s a 30% increase from June. 

Authorities say smugglers are using different routes to avoid detection, including the Arizona desert where record-high temperatures have made the journey extremely dangerous.  

The Biden administration implemented new measures in May that require migrants to apply for asylum in other countries before reaching the United States. Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally can be deported and barred for five years. The policy is now being challenged in the courts. 

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