Thursday, September 29, 2022

Border Buster: Arrests at US Southern Crossing Surpass 2 Million for the First Time; Arrests At Border Will Set New Record In 2022—Driven By Surge From Distant Countries

Border buster: Arrests at US southern crossing surpass 2 million for first time:
Border officials in the US arrested more than 2 million illegal immigrants in the past 11 months at the southern border — a record high driven by a hike in migration from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, according to figures released by Customs and Border Protection.
There were 203,598 encounters along the southern border in August, a 1.7% increase over July’s 199,976 figure but lower than the 209,840 encounters recorded last August, the CBP said in a release Monday.
Of those encounters, 55,333 were migrants from Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua, representing a 175% spike from a year ago, the figures show.
At the same time, encounters with migrants from Mexico and Central America fell for the third month in a row — a 43% decrease from a year ago.
Of the August total, the CPB said 157,921 were unique migrant encounters, while the remainder involved repeated encounters with migrants who had already been expelled or deported.
“Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement.
With one month to go before the end of fiscal year 2022, the CBP said encounters at the southern border have exceeded 2,150,244. The figures also show that 75,153 individuals encountered last month were expelled under the Title 42 health policy guidelines restricting access to people who may have the coronavirus. --->READ MORE HERE
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Arrests At Border Will Set New Record In 2022—Driven By Surge From Distant Countries:
Topline: Arrests at the southern border will set new records this year, a trend driven partly by a massive surge in migration from impoverished parts of Central and South America, as more people travel hundreds or even thousands of miles to the edge of the United States.
Key Facts
  • Border Patrol apprehended 1.998 million people at the U.S.-Mexico border from October to August, already blowing past the 1.659 million arrested in all of fiscal year 2021, which was the agency’s busiest year on record
  • In most years, the vast majority of Border Patrol’s arrestees are citizens of four countries that are fairly close to the U.S. border—Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador—but so far this year, those nations have made up less than 60% of total arrests, down from 78% in 2021, 89% in 2020 and well over 90% in the decade prior. 
  • That means a growing share of arrested migrants hail from countries in the Caribbean, further south in the Americas and even India, Turkey, Romania and Russia. 
  • Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus blamed “failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba” for causing the surge of crossings, per a statement released Monday evening with August’s border arrest data. 
  • So far this year, some 9.7% of southern border arrestees were citizens of Cuba, well above the 2.3% recorded last year, making Cuba a more common source of arrested migrants than either El Salvador or Honduras. --->READ MORE HERE
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