In November, there were reports of nearly a quarter million cumulative encounters along the southern border, which surpassed the previous monthly record in the midst of a persistent illegal immigration crisis.
In November of the current fiscal year (FY) 2024, the southern border recorded a comprehensive total of 242,418 enforcement encounters, whereas the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) nationwide documented 308,728 encounters throughout the same month.
Two days prior to Christmas Eve, the unprecedented number was made public, inciting indignation from Mark Green, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Green asserts that the Biden administration is attempting to conceal the surge in border crossings.
The unprecedented volume of enforcement encounters in November of fiscal year 2024 surpasses 7,000 from the 235,000 encounters documented at the southern border in fiscal year 2023.
Meanwhile, groups of illegal immigrants continue to enter into Eagle Pass, resulting in long lines to wait to be processed. This is by far the worst I’ve seen the area. pic.twitter.com/KM9amzSUd1
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) December 20, 2023
This represents a significant and unexpected upsurge compared to the 174,000 and 72,000 encounters recorded in fiscal years 2022 and 2021, respectively. Since fiscal year 2021, there have been in excess of seven million encounters along the southwest frontier.
Amid a larger surge in illegal immigration, the recently disclosed figures coincide with the estimated 1.7 million illegal immigrant escapes documented since Biden assumed office in 2021.
Approximately 415 thousand illegal immigrant escapes were reported by CBP in 2018, 2019, and 2020, during the Trump administration. This number represents a roughly fourfold increase.