Southern border migrant encounters surpass record 227K in September
the number of immigrant encounters The southern border of the United States jumped to a record high of more than 227,000 during the month of September, according to data from US Customs and Border Protection.
CBP uploaded the border numbers Friday night in what was the largest number of confrontations during the month of September in the history of the Department of Homeland Security.
The September meetings, which amounted to 227,547 immigrants, also showed a significant increase compared to the same month in recent years.
In September 2021, there were 192,001 immigrants. Border agents encountered 57,674 migrants in September 2020 and 52,546 in September 2019.
“While failed regimes in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua continue to drive a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, the number of Venezuelans arriving at the southern borders has fallen sharply almost every day since we launched additional joint measures with Mexico to curb irregular migration,” Chris Magnus said. The Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection said in a press release that “a more equitable, orderly and safer process for people fleeing the humanitarian and economic crisis in their own country.”
“Over the past week, the number of Venezuelans trying to enter the country decreased by more than 80 percent compared to the week before the launch of the joint enforcement measures,” he continued. “While this early data was not reflected in the last report, it confirms what we have said all along: When there is a legal and regulated way to enter the country, individuals will be less likely to put their lives in the hands of smugglers and attempt to cross the border illegally.”
Last month’s numbers also saw an increase from August, when there were 203,598 immigrant encounters.
September data revealed that fiscal year 2022 ended with 2,378,944 immigrant encounters, the highest ever recorded in a fiscal year. That number does not include 599,000 known “fugitives,” CBP sources told Fox News, who evaded arrest in fiscal year 2022.
“CBP and DHS will continue to work with our partners in the region to address the root causes of immigration, expand legal pathways, facilitate removals, and take thousands of smugglers off the streets,” Magnus said. “No matter what the smugglers say, those who do not have a legal basis to remain in the country will be turned away and people should not make the dangerous journey.”
CBP figures also show that there are 20 Known or suspected terrorists He was arrested at the southern border in September, bringing the total of arrests on the Border Terror Watch List for fiscal year 2022 to 98.
By comparison, the number of arrests on the border terrorism watch list over the past five years combined was 26.