Though the fiscal year ends this month, officials said Monday they have already counted more than 2.15 million encounters at the US border, exceeding the 1.73 million documented for all of last year.
20 September (News) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have documented more than 2 million encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border so far this fiscal year, according to newly released statistics.
The number includes arrests but also migrants processed and expelled under Title 42, a COVID-19-era border patrol that turned away nearly 1 million of those migrants and asylum-seekers counted this year.
CBP began including Title 42 explosions in its count beginning in March 2020.
In August, officials recorded 203,598 encounters at the southwestern land border, a 1.7% increase from the previous month, CBP said in a press release on Monday, adding that of those migrants and asylum seekers, 22% had at least one previous encounter in the past 12 months.
The large number of unique individual encounters was largely caused by an increase in asylum seekers fleeing authoritarian regimes in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, accounting for 35% of all encounters, a 175% increase from the previous year.
Those from Mexico and North Central America were down for the third straight month in August, accounting for 36% of all encounters, CBP said.
“Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent surge in encounters at the Southwest border,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement.
Magnus attributed the decline in encounters with those from Mexico and Central America to the Biden administration’s policies and its work with partners in the region “to address the root causes of migration, facilitate repatriation and get thousands of smugglers off the streets.” “.
The increasing number of encounters on the US southern border amid the Biden administration has been a target of criticism for the Republican Party, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott resorting to protesting that migrants in to send to the northern states.
President Joe Biden worked to reverse much of his predecessor’s border policies and institute his own “fair and humane” immigration regime.
He has also tried to fight corruption in Central and South American countries, citing it as one of the driving factors behind irregular immigration.