FACT CHECK: Are Only Male Migrants Trying To Enter The U.S.?
A video shared on Twitter purports only male migrants are trying to enter the U.S.
This is an invasion by the train loads. All men, no women and children‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/Jhyrj4UvAv
— 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕷𝖎𝖔𝖓𝖊𝖘𝖘™️ (@CL4WS_OUT) May 13, 2023
The Twitter video stems from a Mar. 17 article published by Border Report indicating 600 migrants entered Juarez, Mexico, with the intent of crossing into the U.S. Data from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) breaks down land encounters at the border into the following four categories: accompanied minors, individuals in a family unit, single adults, and unaccompanied children.
Mexico is moving migrants away from the U.S.-Southern Border to relieve pressure following the end of Title 42, according to The Associated Press. Migrants are also reportedly waiting for official asylum appointments rather than attempting to cross the border without authorization, NBC News reported.
“This is an invasion by the train loads. All men, no women and children,” the Twitter video, viewed over 28,000 times, purports. In the video, a large group of migrants can be seen walking along train tracks.
The claim is false. The Twitter video stems from a Mar. 17 article published by Border Report indicating 600 migrants entered Juarez, Mexico, with the intent of crossing into the U.S. Although most of the migrants were single adults, at least one child was included in the group, the outlet reported.
Likewise, data from CBP breaks down land encounters at the border into the following four categories: accompanied children, individuals in a family unit, single adults, and unaccompanied children. The data shows a total of 191,956 land encounters for March 2023 and a total of 211,401 land encounters for April 2023.
Additional data that compares demographics with fiscal year indicates CBP has encountered 972,493 single adults at the border thus far in 2023. The data also shows that CBP has encountered 376,245 individuals in a family unit, 81,474 unaccompanied children, and 1,752 accompanied minors at the border in 2023.
No data for May 2023 border encounters is currently available on CBP’s website. (RELATED: Does Video Show Migrants Attempting To Cross The US-Mexico Border In May 2023?)
Furthermore, Check Your Fact found no credible news reports indicating only male migrants are trying to enter the U.S. The claim also neither appears on CBP’s website nor its verified social media accounts.
Check Your Fact has contacted CBP for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. Check Your Fact also contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who deferred comment to CBP.