U.S. Customs and Border Protection are expected to report just under 2 million encounters with migrants nationwide for the just-ended 2021 fiscal year. The number of migrants encountered by border patrol officers and CBP officers jumped 202% from 647,000 the previous year.
CBP officers and border patrol officers met nearly 1.96 million migrants across the country in FY21, which ended on September 30, according to a senior source operating under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security. An agency document reviewed by Breitbart Texas revealed the record level of migrant encounters along the US-Mexico border.
Of the nearly 1.96 million migrants encountered, more than 1.66 million, a new record for the border patrol, were migrants apprehended by agents of the US border patrol at the southern, northern and coastal borders. This represents an increase of 310 percent from the 405,000 migrants the previous year.
The report for fiscal year 21 set a new record for apprehension of migrants by border patrol officers for the nine border areas in the southwest. The previous arrest record of 1.64 million was set in fiscal 2000, Breitbart Texas reported in late September.
Of the nearly 2 million migrants encountered by CBP and border patrol in FY2021, nearly 1.6 million occurred as a result of changes in immigration and border security policy following at the inauguration of Biden.
Single adult migrants accounted for more than 1.3 million of total encounters, the report is expected to reveal. This is an increase from just under 537,000 the previous year, an increase of almost 146%. Of these, more than 616,000 came from Mexico and nearly 315,000 came from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Family units represented the second largest migrant demographic group encountered with just under 484,000, an increase of over 545%. More than 275,000 of them came from the countries of the Northern Triangle.
Encounters with unaccompanied minors also jumped by more than 333%. CBP officers and agents met more than 148,000 unaccompanied minors, down from just 34,000 the previous year. Of these, more than 114,000 came from the Northern Triangle countries.
The figures given above do not include around 400,000 “runaway” migrants. The number is determined by counting migrants who ultimately escape apprehension after being observed by surveillance systems. Border Patrol officers also use traditional panel cutting techniques to locate footprints. However, this is not a perfect method of investigation, and sources claim that the actual number of leaks is usually higher.
In an interview on September 26, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the increase in arrests was not new. Mayorkas told Fox News’ Chris Wallace: “We definitely see a lot here this year, but in 2019 we have seen a lot. In 2014, in 2010. It’s not new, ”he says.
The statement contradicts the reality that the total number of arrests of migrants along the southwestern border with Mexico is higher than any recorded annual apprehension statistic, dating back to 1925 when 22,199 migrants were arrested by the border patrol, mainly on horseback.
Editor’s Note: Figures cited from source are preliminary figures and may change slightly before the official report is released by CBP.
Bob Award is Associate Editor and Senior News Contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border Team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What are you getting at? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Confront
Randy Clark is a 32 year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he was Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine border patrol stations in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.