New York

Homeland security claims advance as border numbers continue to set records

Border Patrol agents arrested more than 204,000 illegal immigrants at the southern border last month, setting a new October record.

After announcing a new tougher policy on Venezuelan immigration, officials said the number of migrants had fallen from 1,100 to about 300 a day.

However, Cubans and Nicaraguans are surging, accounting for about 50,000 Border Patrol arrests.

“This reflects the challenges gripping the hemisphere as displaced people flee authoritarianism, corruption, violence and poverty,” said Customs and Border Protection Acting Director Troy Miller.

CBP released the October figures just before midnight on Monday, hours before Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas began his days of testimony in the Capitol.

The numbers come just days after President Biden blamed him for the ongoing chaos and ousted CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus.

Border Patrol has recorded a total of 204,273 arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border.

CBP officials reported encountering an additional 26,405 unauthorized immigrants at ports of entry, more than 3,000 of whom were Russians.

Border Patrol agents have reported arresting nine immigrants whose identities were flagged in the government’s terrorist screening database. indicates that there is

Fentanyl seizures on CBP were slightly elevated, and seizures on methamphetamine and heroin decreased. The amount of cocaine he seized had more than doubled in a month.

Officials believe more seizures mean more drugs creep in.

Nearly all of the fentanyl passed through official ports of entry and was seized. Immigration rights advocates say it shows that fentanyl shouldn’t be considered an immigration issue.

The Washington Times earlier this month october numbersincluding about 87,000 “fugitives” — people known to have been detected by Border Patrol but not arrested.

In parts of Arizona, investigators say they missed nearly as many immigrants as they caught.

CBP celebrated progress with the Venezuelans, but the “fugitives” make it difficult to assess the official number of arrests.

There were over 33,000 intrusions in September, but that number dropped to 22,044 in October. Homeland Security earlier this month announced a new program to welcome the relatively small number of Venezuelans who apply from outside the United States, saying those who show up without going through the process will be deported to Mexico. Homeland security claims advance as border numbers continue to set records

Back to top button