The number of migrant encounters recorded at the U.S. border surged to 227,547 in September, according to new figures released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The figure represents an all-time record for the month of September, as migrants looking for a new life in America continue to flood across the porous U.S-Mexico border.
During the same period in 2021, there were 192,001 migrant encounters. In September 2020, border agents encounter 57,674 migrants. In September 2019 it was 52,546, according to Fox News.
“While failing regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua continued to drive a new wave of migration across the western Hemisphere, the number of Venezuelans arriving at the southern border decreased sharply nearly every day since we launched additional joint actions with Mexico to reduce irregular migration and create a more fair, orderly and safe process for people fleeing the humanitarian and economic crisis in their country,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a press release — putting his best face on the numbers.
CBP said 77,302 of the encounters at the border involved people from Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua, while 58,068 involved migrants from Mexico or Central America.
“CBP and DHS will continue to work with our partners in the region to address the root causes of migration, expand legal pathways, facilitate removals, and take thousands of smugglers off the streets,” Magnus continued. “No matter what smugglers say, those who do not have a legal basis to remain in the country will be removed and people should not make the dangerous journey.”