Migrant Border Encounters Hit Record 300,000 In December

EL PASO, TEXAS - DECEMBER 22: Immigrants warm to a fire at dawn after spending the night outside next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence on December 22, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. A spike in the number of migrants seeking asylum in the United States has challenged local, state and federal authorities. The numbers are expected to increase as the fate of the Title 42 authority to expel migrants remains in limbo pending a Supreme Court decision expected after Christmas.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Federal border officials had an unprecedented 300,000 encounters of immigrants attempting to enter the country without authorization in December, the most in any month in national history.
  • In a Friday news dump, U.S. Customs and Border Protection data showed 301,625 people were apprehended by Border Patrol for crossing illegally and turned away at the ports of entry.
  • Despite it being the highest month ever recorded, CBP insisted that its new border protocols to deter illegal migration attempts were a success.

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