According to US Customs and Border Protection, more than 164,000 aliens were encountered during the month of October after illegally crossing the southern border; this total is more than double the number of aliens apprehended in October 2020.
While the 164,303 encounters represented a 14% decrease from September and a 23% decrease from July, the October total was still the highest number of aliens encountered that month in over two decades - 128% increase compared to October 2020, 263% increase compared to October 2019.
CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller said in a public statement:
CBP’s workforce continues to demonstrate excellence and dedication as they manage heightened travel demands on the border, facilitate a return to normal travel and trade at all our ports of entry, and manage migrant encounters in a safe, orderly, and humane way.
October marks the third straight month of declining unauthorized migrant encounters along the Southwest border — with particularly sharp drops in families and unaccompanied children — and CBP’s workforce continues to work with partners across the federal government and throughout the hemisphere to disrupt the smugglers intent on exploiting vulnerable migrants for profit.
Approximately two-thirds, 108,583, of the encounters throughout the month of October were single adults. 42,726 alien family units were encountered and 12,807 unaccompanied alien minors throughout the month.
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Updated: Fri, Nov 19th 2021 @ 12:07pm EST