Border Patrol agents have apprehended nearly 2 million migrants illegally crossing the southwest border between ports of entry so far this fiscal year. One more month left in an already record year.
Agents assigned to the nine Southwest border agencies apprehended 1,997,769 migrants in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2022, according to the August Southwest Land Border Encounters Report released late Monday afternoon. August was the fifth month in a row that more than 180,000 immigrants were arrested.
Officials in the Biden administration were quick to point the finger at countries outside the United States, blaming the failure of their own immigration and border security policies.
“Failed communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving new waves of immigration in the Western Hemisphere, including a recent increase in encounters along the U.S. southwestern border,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a written statement. “Our dedicated team of agents will continue to work around the clock to secure our borders and to handle and vet everyone they encounter in a safe and humane manner, but those fleeing repressive regimes present significant challenges to handling and deportation .”
CBP officials reported a 175 percent increase in arrests of immigrants from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. They put the number of immigrants from these three countries at 55,333. This compares to 56,979 in Mexico and the Northern Triangle.
The good news for the government is a 14% reduction in concerns about unaccompanied migrant children. The number of arrests fell from 13,278 in July to 11,365 in August.
News of the surge in Venezuelan immigration follows a Department of Homeland Security report reviewed by Breitbart Texas that showed Venezuelan officials were releasing inmates from prisons. The prisoners are reportedly among a growing number of Venezuelan immigrants, including many violent criminals, first reported by Randy Clark of Breitbart Texas.
“Intelligence reports alerted agents that, as recently as July, released prisoners were seen in migrant caravans en route from Tapachula, Mexico, to the U.S.-Mexico border,” the Clark report said. Cohesive group travel, but does point to a general sharing of knowledge among immigrants who traveled to the U.S. in a caravan in July, and that many Venezuelan immigrants in the group were criminals, including die-hard criminals.”
Nearly 2 million immigrants were apprehended in the first 11 months of fiscal 2022, a 20 percent increase from the entire 2021 fiscal year, when agents apprehended a record 1.6 million immigrants.
“In contrast to previous years, people encountered at the border without a legal basis will be deported or deported this year,” Commissioner Magnus said at the end of the statement. He praised the “Biden-Harris” administration “for working with our partners in the region to address the root causes of immigration, facilitate repatriation, and get thousands of smugglers off the streets.”