More than 164,000 people were apprehended last month while attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border, according to US Customs and Border Protection — more than twice the number who were apprehended in the same month last year.
The 164,303 encounters recorded by CBP represent a 14 percent decrease from September and a 23 percent decrease from July, when 213,593 migrants were apprehended — the highest total in 21 years.
While the number of encounters is decreasing month-over-month, the October figure represents a 128 percent increase in apprehensions over the 71,929 encountered in October 2020 and a 263 percent increase over the 45,139 encounters in October 2019.
“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,” CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement.
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