Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Border Arrests Top ‘21 Record, on Pace for 2 Million by End of September; Record Numbers of Migrants Arrested at Southern Border, With Two Million Annual Total in Sight

Border arrests top ‘21 record, on pace for 2 million by end of September:
The number of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border has already exceeded last year’s record — and is on pace to top 2 million for the first time ever, according to the Biden administration.
Border Patrol reported 181,552 arrests last month, a 5.6% drop from the 192,418 reported in June. With two months left to go in fiscal year 2022, the agency has already made more than 1.81 million arrests — well above the previous record of 1.66 million over the 12-month period ending Sept. 30 of last year.
“We’re apprehending people left and right,” Border Patrol agent Jesus Vasalvilbaso​ told the Wall Street Journal.
The record-breaking numbers were released amid ongoing controversy over the governors of Texas and Arizona dispatching busloads of migrants to New York and Washington to protest the Biden administration’s border policies, which they say have led directly to the surge in illegal border crossings.
Faced with the unexpected influx of migrants seeking asylum, New York is planning to convert a luxury Times Square hotel as an intake center and shelter for hundreds of families, The Post reported on Tuesday.
More than 1.29 million apprehended people — 71% of those arrested by Border Patrol since Oct. 1 of last year — were single adults, who are most likely to be economic migrants without a valid asylum claim. --->READ MORE HERE
Ariana Drehsler for The Wall Street Journa
Record Numbers of Migrants Arrested at Southern Border, With Two Million Annual Total in Sight:
Border Patrol agents have made about 1.82 million arrests at the southern border in the government’s fiscal year so far, which ends Sept. 30
Record numbers of migrants are being arrested while crossing the southern U.S. border with Mexico, a sustained surge of single men and families from across Latin America either seeking asylum or work, according to new figures Monday from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Border Patrol agents have made about 1.82 million arrests at the southern border so far in the government’s fiscal year, which runs from October to the end of September. The number beats the record set last fiscal year, which was 1.66 million apprehensions in the year ending September 2021.
With about two months left in the agency’s fiscal year, full-year arrests are expected to break the two million mark for the first time, analysts said.
“We’re apprehending people left and right,” said Border Patrol agent Jesus Vasalvilbaso, surveying a section of border fencing in downtown Nogales, Ariz., on a recent day.
The surge comes amid rising political tension between the Biden administration and Republican-led states, which have filed lawsuits blocking federal government efforts to lift Trump-era immigration programs.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has made a crackdown on illegal migration the cornerstone of his campaign for a third term, busing thousands of asylum seekers to Washington, D.C., and New York City. He deployed the National Guard to the border and ordered expanded inspections of tractor trailers crossing from Mexico, a measure that disrupted cross-border trade for days in April. --->READ MORE HERE
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