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A sharp drop in illegal border crossings that started in January after the Biden administration announced stricter immigration measures continued in February. Data released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection paints a picture of who is attempting to enter the country at a time of intense political controversy over immigration. Republicans are accusing President Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of not doing enough to secure the southern border. U.S. Border Patrol officials encountered nearly 130,000 people trying to cross the border in February between the legal border crossings. That’s about the same as January’s number, and the agency says it's the lowest number of encounters per month since February 2021.

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