(TheRedWire.com) – In September there was a record-high number of migrant encounters along the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to the report, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) counted a total of 269,735 encounters within the month. The data also showed that the number of migrant encounters in September was higher than any month in the 2022 fiscal year.
In August the number of encounters had dropped to 232,963. Still, thus far in 2023, there have been a total of 2.47 million encounters.
Senior official Troy Miller stated that due to this high increase in migrant encounters in September, the CBP has had to send additional personnel and resources and make adjustments in order to ensure that the correct consequences are being enforced under immigration law.
The majority of encounters were for single adults, with the total number of single adults that had crossed in the fiscal year 2022 being 1.6 million. So far in 2023, the single adults that have crossed into the country have totaled 1.5 million.
The records also show that in 2023 there has been a higher number of individuals rather than family units that have crossed into the U.S. with one-third of all encounters being of individuals belonging to a family unit. In 2022 the same group had amounted to 23 percent of the annual encounters.
On Thursday President Biden had stated that he would be calling for supplemental emergency aid to be sent to the Southern border and to the country’s international allies that are currently in crisis.
Miller in his statement noted that the supplemental funding would be critical to the resources available to CBP officers and agents.
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