Record 2.2million migrants apprehended along southwestern border in past year
US Border Patrol agents apprehended a record 2.2 million migrants in the recently closed Fiscal Year 22. This represents a massive 33% increase from the previous record set last year by the Biden administration.
The Southwest Land Border Encounters Year-End Report released after hours Friday evening confirmed an unofficial report released by Breitbart Texas earlier this month revealing the arrest of just over 2.2 million migrants. The arrest of 2,206,436 migrants who illegally crossed the southwestern border between entry points is up 547,230 from last year’s record high report.
By contrast, in fiscal year 2020, President Donald Trump’s last year in office, Border Patrol agents apprehended only 400,651 people.
Much like its transport of migrants across the country under cover of darkness, the Biden administration released the record report of border arrests after offices closed on Friday night. CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus blamed not changes in the Biden administration’s policies, but “failing regimes” in other countries.
“While failed regimes in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua have continued to drive a new wave of migration across the (Western) Hemisphere, the number of Venezuelans arriving at the southern border has dropped sharply almost every day since we have launched additional joint actions with Mexico to reduce irregular migration and create a more fair, orderly, and safe process for people fleeing the humanitarian and economic crisis in their country,” said CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus.
However, more than 57% of apprehended migrants were from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico – Mexican migrant apprehensions jumped nearly 22%. The arrest of migrants from all other nations totaled more than 947,000 migrants out of a total of 2.2 million.
The greatest demographic increase in apprehended migrants concerns the category of single adults. More than 70 percent of the total apprehensions were single adults. The 1,574,381 arrests of single adults represent an increase of more than 48% over the previous year. The number is almost equal to the increase in apprehensions during FY22.
The historically quiet Del Rio sector has become the busiest of the nine Southwest Border Patrol sectors with the arrest of 480,931 migrants, an increase of nearly 86% from last year’s arrest of just under 260,000 migrants.
The Rio Grande Valley sector fell to second place with a reported decrease in apprehensions of almost 15%. Arrests rose from 549,077 to 468,124 as migrant crossings moved west.
The Yuma sector saw the largest percentage increase in migrant arrests with more than 310,000, an increase of almost 171% over the previous year.