177% Increase In Inadmissible Illegal Alien Encounters In 2022

At a glance

  • In fiscal 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working at eight South Texas ports of entry reported a 177% increase in encounters with inadmissible individuals and a 19% increase in seized cocaine, CBP says.
  • They also seized a significant amount of narcotics, unreported currency, weapons and uncovered numerous immigration violations during fiscal 2022.
  • “As nonessential traffic resumed early in Fiscal Year 2022, overall workload volumes returned to normal but CBP officers continued to experience the ongoing trend of hard narcotics, particularly cocaine and significant gains in encounters of individuals without valid entry documents,” Eugene Crawford, acting director, Field Operations at the Laredo Field Office, said.

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