According to data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), migrant border crossings in the 2022 fiscal year topped 2.76 million driven by an influx of Venezuelans, Cubans, and Nicaraguans crossing the border, breaking the previous record.
More than 2,766,582 migrants were stopped by the CBP for the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, 2022, which is more than a million more than 1.72 million times from the previous year.
Only in September, there were 227,547 migrant encounters along the US-Mexico border – up 12% compared to August- while the number of migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua border authorities apprehended in the same month was 77,302, which is up 245% from September 2021.
CBP commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement that since many migrants who attempt to cross the border are sent to Mexico and try to cross again, the total encounters somewhat overstate the number of unique individuals arriving at the border.
Noting that the early data is not reflected in CBP’s latest report, he reiterated that individuals could avoid putting their lives in the hands of smugglers to cross the border unlawfully if they use a lawful and orderly way to enter the United States.
The latest CBP data reflecting the sharp increase in border crossings comes at a time when the Biden administration tries to overcome hurdles and challenges while attempting to formalize its own border policy, often sparing with the Department of Homeland Security on what works, which is leading to disagreements over policy.
The issue of border crossings has been a logistical and political nightmare for the Democrats with the Biden administration constantly attacked by Republicans on the issue.
The latest development in this sparring is the bussing of migrants and asylum seekers by Republican governors to the Democratic so-called ‘sanctuary cities’.