October Breaks New Record for Border Encounters

Published on November 17th, 2022

October broke an all-time record with 230K encounters at the southern border, according to a new report from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

This is the eighth straight month with more than 200K encounters at the border, and is a slight increase from September’s then record breaking 227K encounters.

If we look nationwide, according to the CBP report there were a total of 277,463 encounters with illegal aliens at all ports of entry.

The new 2023 fiscal year just started, and if things keep on pace they’ll likely exceed last year’s numbers of 2.2 million illegal encounters by border patrol, and over 2.7 million total illegal encounters.

The CBP report stated that nearly one fifth of those caught in October have been apprehended before.

Of those, 19% involved individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 14% for FY2014-2019.

The report also broke down the expulsion stats.

“78,477 encounters, 34% of the total, were processed for expulsion under Title 42. 152,201 encounters were processed under Title 8.”

The CBP report also mentioned that cocaine seizures increased by 104% while seizures of other drugs like methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl decreased.

According to a report in Fox News, the number of “got-aways” was also significant.

“Multiple CBP sources also told Fox News that the department saw roughly 64,000 “gotaways” in October, meaning roughly 2,000 migrants slipped past border patrols every day.”

The Fox report also stated some migrants were thankful for Biden’s border policies, despite the administration’s stance that the border closed.

“Nevertheless, many of the migrants Fox News spoke to described the border as ‘abierta,’ or ‘open.’ Some of the migrants also praised Biden personally.”

Whatever way you look at it, the border crisis is only getting worse and worse. Now more than ever our elected officials need to step up to the plate and stop this. 

As we wrote in our election analysis blog, border state governors with strong immigration records managed to do well in the midterms.

Gov. Abbott, who we directly mentioned in that writeup, seemingly declared an invasion at the border in Texas on Tuesday via a statement posted on Twitter.

Abbott’s plan involves building a border wall in certain counties, deploying the Texas national guard to secure the border and turn back immigrants, and to enter into a compact with other border states.

If things continue at their current rate, we can only imagine more governors following suit.

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