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240,000+ illegal immigrant encounters reported in single month

U.S Soldiers with 541st Engineer Company, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7. (Sgt. Asia J. Sorenson/U.S. Marine Corps)
December 28, 2023

A new United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report shows that border officials had over 240,000 encounters with migrants attempting to cross the southern border in November. The total number of migrant encounters in CBP’s report represents a new record for migrant encounters in the month of November.

According to the CBP report for November of fiscal year 2024, there were 242,418 enforcement encounters on the southern border. The New York Post reported that the number of migrant encounters last month was the third-highest number of migrant encounters and the highest number of encounters ever reported in the month of November.

According to The New York Post, November’s number of migrant counters was surpassed in September, when CBP reported 269,745 migrant encounters, and in December of 2022, when CBP reported 252,315 migrant encounters.

The Daily Wire reported that the timing of the CBP’s report, which was published three days before Christmas, led to criticism from Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Mark Green. Green claimed that the Biden administration was attempting to hide the record number of illegal border crossings by releasing the report just before Christmas.

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“By strategically holding the release of these numbers until the Friday before Christmas, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is unabashedly showing the full measure of his duplicity,” Green said. “These numbers are so bad, he wants as few Americans to see them as possible.”

Green warned that the number of December migrant encounters, which will be announced by the CBP in January, is expected to be “even more grim” than November’s statistics. However, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman noted that Mayorkas will not have “a major holiday as a convenient shield to hide behind” next month.

“This cowardly quest to evade accountability is further reason why my committee is initiating impeachment proceedings against Secretary Mayorkas early in the new year,” Green added. “This devastating and utter disaster for our country will no longer be tolerated.”

According to The Daily Wire, the CBP’s report on November migrant encounters comes in the midst of skyrocketing illegal immigration numbers, with estimates of 1.7 million illegal immigrant “gotaways” reported since President Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021. Additionally, a previous report by the New York Post estimated that there were approximately 2.1 million current immigration cases, causing some migrants to be given court dates stretching as far as 2035.