Record Number of Illegal Border Crossings to Close out 2023

Published on December 27th, 2023

As the United States closes out a year of unprecedented illegal immigration along our southern border with Mexico, a recent report shows December, 2023 is on track to be one of the highest single months of illegal migrant crossings ever.

As reported in the New York Post:

The crisis at the besieged southern border reached new heights this week, with the number of migrant encounters in December already shattering records — even with the final three days of the month to still be tallied.

More than 276,000 asylum seekers hoping to cross the US-Mexico border have been encountered by US Customs and Border Protection agents in December, the highest number for a single month in history, according to the shocking preliminary data obtained by Fox News Friday.

That figure is expected to notably rise when the final three days are counted. Illegal crossings topped 10,000 on some days throughout the month.

The December total so far is up an astonishing 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 overall nationwide in fiscal year 2023, of which 2.4 million were recorded at the southern border.

The nationwide total is almost equal to the number of births registered in the United States in 2022, when 3,667,758 new babies were born.

The December figure also includes 225,000 migrants taken into custody at the border during the first 27 days of December — also a record, internal federal statistics obtained by CBS News show.

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