The US border has seen 2 million encounters in fiscal year 2022


US border officials encountered more than 2 million migrants, some of whom tried repeatedly to cross the border, in fiscal year 2022, according to newly released data from US Customs and Border Protection.

The new data shows significant growth from FY2021 to more than 1.7 million encounters.

The administration has been grappling with a growing number of migrants at the US-Mexico border in recent months, many of whom are now from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

In September there were 227,547 migrant encounters on the US-Mexico border, 12% more than the previous month. The increase was caused by the large increase in migrants from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. In September, border authorities apprehended 77,302 migrants of these three nationalities, the data show. That’s up 245% since September 2021.

“While the failed regimes in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua continued to fuel a new wave of migration in the Western Hemisphere, the number of Venezuelans arriving at the southern border decreased significantly almost daily since we launched additional joint actions with Mexico to reduce irregular migration and create a fairer, more orderly and safer process. for people fleeing the humanitarian and economic crisis in their country,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement.

The administration continues to rely on controversial Trump-era pandemic restrictions that allow authorities to turn migrants back, resulting in some migrants attempting to cross the border multiple times. Of the 227,547 encounters last month, 19 percent involved people who had tried to cross paths at least once in the past 12 months.

Last week, the administration also began deporting Venezuelans to Mexico. Administration officials have cited this as the reason for the drop in recent border crossings by Venezuelan migrants.