Migrant Border Crossings Reach Record High In CBP Data Released

Illegal migrant crossings have reached an alarming level in recent years, posing significant challenges to government nationwide.

In U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released monthly operational December 2023 had the most migrant encounters ever recorded and Sept. 2023 is second-most. (CBP monthly reporting can be viewed online.)

The number of migrant crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border has reached a record high, according to data released Friday by Customs and Border Protection, which oversees Border Patrol. The data shows immigration officers have apprehended 302,034 migrants in December 2023.

Reports show that Mexican residents accounted for 56,236 arrests in December, while Venezuelans were second with 46,937. Arrests of Guatemalans surged, with Hondurans and Colombians rounding out the top five nationalities.

“The men and women of CBP continue to enforce our nation’s immigration laws at and between ports of entry and continue to work with our Mexican partners along our shared border. CBP remains vigilant to respond to the serious challenges we are experiencing across the southwest border,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy A. Miller. “CBP continues to use all available resources to ensure the safety and security of our agents and officers, and the migrants who are often misled and victimized by the transnational criminal organizations. But as we have repeatedly said, CBP and our federal partners need additional support from Congress so that we can continue to effectuate consequences for those who do not use established lawful pathways.”

The surge in illegal migrant crossings has significant implications for local communities. The sudden influx of migrants can put immense pressure on infrastructure, healthcare, and public services in host countries. Local communities may find themselves grappling with limited resources and struggling to accommodate the needs of the newcomers.

Law enforcement agencies are on the frontlines of managing the surge in illegal migrant crossings. However, they face numerous challenges in effectively addressing this complex issue. One of the primary hurdles is the sheer scale of the problem. With limited resources and personnel, law enforcement agencies often find themselves overwhelmed by the influx of migrants.

Additionally, the clandestine nature of illegal crossings makes it difficult to track and apprehend those involved. Human smugglers and traffickers exploit vulnerable migrants, making it challenging for law enforcement to identify and dismantle these criminal networks.

The U.S. southern border has witnessed a record of at least 6.3 million migrant encounters at and between ports of entry since Biden took office in January 2021, according to data from the Office of Homeland Security Statistics, resulting in more than 2.4 million migrants allowed into the country.