Record-breaking Surge In December: Border Patrol Sees Unprecedented Influx of Illegal Migrants

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  • Source: NY Post
  • 12/30/2023
According to internal federal statistics obtained by CBS News, the Border Patrol has experienced a significant increase in the number of migrants who entered the United States illegally in December. This surge surpasses any previous month in the agency's history, underscoring the immense scale of the migration crisis that the Biden administration is currently facing.

According to preliminary statistics from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended over 225,000 migrants who illegally crossed the southern border within the first 27 days of December. These individuals were apprehended between official border crossings. The figure provided does not take into account the legal entries made at ports of entry. The Biden administration has been handling approximately 50,000 migrants per month through a smartphone app-based process at these ports.

In May 2022, a significant milestone was reached in terms of migrant apprehensions along the border. During that month, the Border Patrol processed a total of 224,000 migrants who were apprehended between ports of entry. This figure represents the highest number of monthly apprehensions recorded up until that point. As of today, there remain four days remaining in the month of December.

According to available data, there was a notable increase in migration leading up to Christmas. Specifically, the highest point of this surge occurred during the week of December 14th to December 20th. During this period, Border Patrol reported an average of 9,773 apprehensions per day. During that particular week, the agency experienced multiple instances where they successfully processed a significant number of migrants, surpassing 10,000 individuals within a span of 24 hours.

The number of unlawful crossings occurring along the U.S.-Mexico border has experienced a decrease during the current week. However, it is important to note that these levels, despite the decrease, still remain significantly high when compared to historical data. According to the available statistics, a total of 7,759 migrants were processed by Border Patrol on Wednesday.

According to Theresa Cardinal Brown, a former U.S. immigration official who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the current number of arrivals is deemed unsustainable. The current system's funding cannot be sustained to accommodate an increasing number of individuals. At every level, the task presents a considerable challenge.  

According to internal data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a significant portion of migrants processed by Border Patrol this month have entered the United States illegally. Specifically, approximately 60% of these migrants crossed into the country through the remote Tucson, Arizona, and Del Rio, Texas sectors. In these areas, officials have observed a daily average of 2,000 to 3,000 unlawful border crossings. In both regions, migrants often face the challenge of finding suitable shelter near international bridges or border barriers due to the limited capacity of Border Patrol to efficiently process all individuals in a timely manner. 

Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of Border Patrol, has taken action by deploying extra agents and resources to the sectors that have been heavily impacted.

According to the agency, the numbers of encounters are constantly changing due to the actions of smugglers and individuals who intentionally spread false information. These individuals show a complete lack of concern for the safety and welfare of vulnerable migrants. The primary objective is to maintain a state of alertness and preparedness in order to safeguard the well-being of our personnel, migrants, and local communities, as well as to uphold the security of our southwest border.


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