The crisis at the embattled southern border reached new heights this week, with the number of migrant encounters in December already breaking records — although the last three days of the month have yet to be counted.
More than 276,000 asylum seekers hoping to cross the U.S.-Mexico border were encountered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in December, the highest number for a single month in history, data shows shocking foreplay. obtained by Fox News Friday.
This figure is expected to increase significantly when counting the last three days. Illegal crossings exceeded 10,000 on certain days of the month.
The December total so far is up 262% from December 2020, the final month of former President Donald Trump’s presidency – and eclipses the previous monthly record set in September, when 269,735 migrants were encountered, according to CBP statistics.
Meanwhile, there were more than 3.2 million migrant encounters nationwide in fiscal year 2023, of which 2.4 million were recorded at the southern border.
The national total is almost equal to the number of births recorded in the United States in 2022, when 3,667,758 new babies were born.
The December figure also includes 225,000 migrants stopped at the border in the first 27 days of December — also a record, internal federal statistics obtained by the CBS News show.
The figures do not specify how many of those apprehended remain in government custody or are returned. The statistics also do not include migrants showing up at official ports of entry to seek asylum through a new app introduced by the Biden administration.
About 50,000 migrants pass through this system each month, according to CBS.
Stunned lawmakers eviscerated the Biden administration Friday over the spiraling crisis.
“Yet another record broken by the Biden administration,” Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) wrote on X.
“The border is wide open. The president must act immediately to stop the flow of drugs, terrorists and illegal immigrants.
“Remember: December is SUPPOSED to be a ‘slower’ month for migrant apprehensions,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) fumed on X, placing blame on Biden’s Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas.
“Mayorkas’ border crisis is breaking its own records – and Americans are paying the price. Responsibility arrives.
Authorities are struggling to manage an accelerating influx of asylum seekers into overwhelmed border areas, with agents preparing for the arrival of a massive caravan of up to 15,000 migrants in the coming weeks.
“It’s an unsustainable number of arrivals,” Theresa Cardinal Brown, a former U.S. immigration official under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, told CBS.
“We cannot continue to fund the system for increasing numbers of people. It’s a challenge on every level.
Since October 1, more than 760,000 migrants have been encountered at the border, according to data cited by Fox News.
Meanwhile, another 11,000 migrants are crowded into camps in Mexico waiting for the opportunity to cross the border into the United States.
“The number of encounters continues to fluctuate as smugglers and bad actors continue to spread lies and demonstrate callous disregard for the safety and well-being of vulnerable migrants,” a spokesperson told CBS. word from Customs and Border Protection.
“We remain vigilant and are prepared to ensure the safety of our personnel, migrants and local communities, as well as the security of our southwest border. »
Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador this week to address the deepening crisis.
Although no specific agreement has been announced, both sides have said they are determined to stem the tide.
“As we made clear today in Mexico City, we are committed to working with Mexico to address our shared challenges, including managing unprecedented irregular migration in the region, reopening key ports of entry and combatting fentanyl and other illicit synthetic drugs,” Blinken said. After the meeting.
As the short-term challenges posed by this surge are absorbed at the border and in neighboring U.S. cities, migrants inevitably disperse across the country.
The mayors of three major cities – New York, Chicago and Denver – held a joint press conference this week to amplify their concerns.
“As temperatures drop in New York, Chicago, Denver and other affected cities, we are calling for a federal emergency declaration, financial support and a national resettlement strategy,” said the mayor of New York. York, Eric Adams.
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