The number of undocumented immigrants crossing the Southwestern border for fiscal year 2022 was 2.76 million, breaking the previous year’s record by more than 1 million. Customs and Border Protection Data.
During the 12 months ending September 30, 2022, the Dutch DPA has stopped migrants more than 2,766,582 times, compared to 1.72 million times for fiscal 2021, the previous annual record. According to the CBP, the 2022 figures were partly driven by a sharp increase in the number of Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans making the trek north.
Due to Covid restrictions that have resulted in officials returning border crossings to Mexico, many individuals are “making multiple border crossing attempts, meaning the total number of encounters slightly overestimates the number of unique individuals arriving at the border”. said CBP in a statement.
In September there were 227,547 encounters along the border, 12 percent more than in August. Just under 20 percent were individuals who had attempted to cross the road at least once in the previous year. In September 2021, there were 192,001 encounters at the border.
CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in October the number of Venezuelans attempting to cross the border fell sharply as a result of increased cooperation with Mexico. “Over the past week, the number of Venezuelans trying to enter the country has fallen by more than 80 percent compared to the week prior to the launch of the joint enforcement actions,” Magnus said.