Did border policy change from April 2020 to April 2022?

Mark Brnovich

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich: Increased encounters at the southwest border in April 2022 compared to April 2020 are attributable to changes in border policy.

PolitiFact’s ruling: Mostly False

Here’s why: A group of state attorneys general sued the Biden administration over its plans to rescind a public health policy intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by expelling immigrants arriving illegally at the southwest border.

A federal judge on May 20 blocked the Biden administration from ending the policy, known as Title 42. 

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who is running for U.S. Senate and was among those who sued the administration, tweeted a comparison of the number of adult immigrants traveling alone and encountered by border authorities in April 2020 and April 2022. 

In April 2020, it was 15,609. In April 2022, it grew to 166,814.

“Border policies matter,” wrote Brnovich, who ​​is seeking to win Arizona’s Republican primary Aug. 2.

This comparison has several issues.

Brnovich’s tweet insinuated that the change in the number of encounters is a result of different policies under President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. While some border policies have changed from one administration to another, those affecting adults crossing the border alone, which Customs and Border Protection classifies as “single adults,” have not.


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