Fox News reported that the border patrol had almost 250,000 migrant encounters in October 2023.
Guess what. It’s another record:
There were 240,988 encounters at the border in October, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said. That’s higher than the 231,529 recorded in October last year and the 164,837 encountered in 2021. In Oct 2020, there were just 71,929 encounters.
The number is down from the 269,735 encounters in September, which marked the highest monthly total ever. FY 23 saw a record 2.4 million encounters overall.
The border patrol also arrested 12 people on the FBI terror watchlist in October along the southern border.
The border patrol on the northern border arrested one person on the list.
NEW: CBP reports 240,988 migrant encounters at the southern border during the month of October, making it the highest October ever recorded.
CBP also reports 13 Border Patrol arrests of people on the FBI terror watchlist in October.
12 southern border
1 northern border
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) November 14, 2023
The Biden administration instilled a new strategy after Title 42 ended in May.
It did not take long for the strategy to fall apart:
In a release, CBP said it remains “steadfast” in enforcing immigration laws, including with new technology and resources, as well as greater use of authorities like Expedited Removal and an asylum rule which limits asylum claims for those who have crossed illegally. The administration also started deportation flights directly to Venezuela last month, a move it says is already having an effect.
“In conjunction with our resumption of removal flights to Venezuela consistent with delivering consequences for those who cross the border unlawfully, CBP saw a 65 percent decrease in southwest border encounters of Venezuelans in the second half of October, compared to the second half of September,” acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement.
He also pointed to a 14% decrease in illegal entries between ports of entry between September and October, and an overall decrease in family units.
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