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US Sets New Record for Border Patrol Arrests: NPR

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A migrant found smuggled in a vehicle is apprehended by US Border Patrol and the Webb County Sheriff on October 12 in Laredo, Texas.

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A migrant found smuggled in a vehicle is apprehended by US Border Patrol and the Webb County Sheriff on October 12 in Laredo, Texas.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 2.3 million migrant arrests at the southern border in the past 12 months, surpassing the record set last year.

The annual total – which includes people who have been stopped at the border more than once – jumped 37% from 1.7 million the year before.

That’s not to say that 2022 saw the most people trying to enter the United States illegally. For example, the Department of Homeland Security estimates that there were nearly 4 million unauthorized border crossings in 2000, but only 1.6 million were counted. Over the years, immigration authorities have been able to track more migrants thanks to improved security technologies.

However, the year-end count is significant. Government data shows increasing numbers of cross-border commuters come from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua and fewer come from northern Central America – signaling a new challenge for the Biden administration ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Due to strained diplomatic relations and costs, the United States has also faced the dilemma of not being able to return migrants to Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua.

“The possibility of returning them to these states is not rational. We are working with Mexico and other countries to stop the flow,” President Biden said in a statement. press conference last month.

Close to a trimester of all border encounters were with families, while 6% involved children encountered by Border Patrol agents without parents or guardians. The largest share of dating, nearly 70%, continued to be with single adults.

The agency’s 2022 fiscal year, which ended September 30, was also the deadliest 12 months for cross-border commuters. More … than 800 migrants died on the journey to attempt to enter the United States – drowning and heat exhaustion being among the leading causes of death, according to Border Patrol figures.

The Biden administration has said it wants to discourage migrants from making the dangerous journey.

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would begin sending Venezuelan migrants who have illegally crossed the US-Mexico border. in Mexico. The agency added that up to 24,000 Venezuelans will have the chance to live and work in the United States – if they can find a financial sponsor in the United States. fulfilling this requirement.