Border Crossings See Second-Busiest Month In History

Customs and Border Protection statistics show that 309,000 people attempted to cross the US-Mexico border in October alone.

Despite being the second-highest month ever recorded, October saw fewer people crossing US land borders to the North and Southwest than September, when a record high of 341,000 interactions was recorded.

Over half of the 188,000 people intercepted by agents were apprehended for illicit entrance between legitimate Southwest border crossings.

Those who routinely cross with US passports or visas, as well as the 44,000 migrants who had appointments with officers using the CBP One app, contributed to the overall number of interactions.

Since deportation flights to Venezuela resumed on October 18, CBP says it has seen a 65% drop in interactions with Venezuelan nationals in the second part of the month.
In September, Venezuelans surpassed Mexicans as the nationality with the highest frequency of border arrests.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that around 600,000 persons entered the United States unlawfully during the 2023 fiscal year without being arrested by border officials. He said it was an example of the problems with the immigration system.

CBP said that during the prior fiscal year, 900,000 migrants were allowed lawful entrance into the nation over the southwest border under humanitarian parole, allowing them to proceed with asylum petitions.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, approximately 355,000 people have been deported from the United States since May because they lacked a valid visa to remain: twenty-five percent or thereabouts of everyone at the border at the time.

Those admitted to the nation on parole to pursue immigration claims have overburdened services in New York, Chicago, and San Diego, who all say they cannot manage any more arrivals.

More than 2,800 new migrants arrive in New York City each week, and over 65,500 people are housed in more than 200 shelter locations operated by the city. According to data compiled by City Hall, only about 2% of residents have sought work permits.

Individuals seeking asylum are interrogated to see if they have a reasonable fear of persecution if returned to their native country.