Illegal immigration at the southern border continues to surge to unprecedented highs, as the fiscal year that just ended saw a new record set of over 2.37 million illegal migrants apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol officers.
Fiscal Year 2022 closed at the end of September with 33% more encounters than the previous all-time high that was set just last year.
Friday night news dumps were invented for things like this.
Highest number of migrant encounters for any September on record. And we closed out FY22 with over 2.37 million encounters along the southern border. This is Biden's vision for our border. https://t.co/ZuV1SNBPOK
— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) October 22, 2022
The Southwest Land Border Encounters Report was issued Friday evening and confirmed that federal agents encountered over 547,000 more illegal border crossers than during Fiscal Year 2021.
The numbers through the first two years of the Biden administration stand in stark contrast to the total number of apprehensions during Fiscal Year 2020, President Donald Trump’s last year in office. That year’s total was only 400,651.
It appears that the White House set the release of the shameful report for late Friday in order to dodge the normal news cycle.
Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner Chris Magnus attempted to shift the blame for the record surge of illegal immigration away from Biden toward “failing regimes” in other parts of the world.
Magnus said the “new wave of migration” coming from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua has “decreased sharply” since joint actions with Mexico were launched recently to “create a more fair, orderly, and safe process.”
Even though the administration blamed a “new wave,” apprehensions of Mexican nationals illegally entering the U.S. were up by almost 22% last year. More than 57% of the total apprehensions were of migrants coming from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
The illegal migrant demographic group that grew most rapidly in the last year was single adults, making up more than 70% of the total. The number of single adults apprehended at the border grew by more than 48% in the last year, totaling more than 1.5 million people.
Of the nine Border Patrol Sectors on the southwest border, the typically quiet Del Rio Sector became the busiest of them all last year. Almost 481,000 illegal migrants were encountered in that sector, an increase of almost 86% in a single year.
The Yuma Sector saw the largest increase of apprehensions over the last year in percentage terms. The sector saw a jump in encounters of more than 171% to more than 310,000 illegal migrants.