The Department of Homeland Security announced that border patrol agents saw a rise in migrant encounters in July, despite Joe Biden’s message that illegal immigration would decrease in summer months. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that border patrol agents encountered 212,672 migrants in July. A 13% increase from June’s 188,000 encounters. Just one year ago, the Trump administration saw 40,292 crossings. According to Fox News, Mayorkas emphasized that many of the July border encounters resulted in expulsion under Title 42 health protections. These protections permit the expulsion of migrants who would need to be held in crowded facilities while being processed. Title 42 has been re-instituted given the COVID-19 pandemic and the Delta variant surge, though the administration is facing a lawsuit from the progressive ACLU. “It is complicated, changing, and involves vulnerable people at a time of a global pandemic,” Mayorkas said. The Biden administration has already announced efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at the southern border, not by limiting the number of illegal migrants in the U.S., but by providing vaccinations to migrants held in border facilities.