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CBP encountered nearly 2 MILLION migrants in fiscal year 2021

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 1/4/2022 Katelyn Caralle, U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

Customs and Border protection encountered 1,662,167 migrants in fiscal year 2021, but that number jumped to nearly 2 million when counting those who were immediately turned away at the border.

The agency says that 62 per cent of those seeking asylum or illegally crossing into the U.S. were expelled from the country under Title 42, a provision that allows deportation of illegal immigrants in the midst of a public health emergency.

Of the 1,956,519 migrants, 1.72 million resulted in expulsion through processing as Title 42 or Title 8 immigration enforcement cases.

The total encounters include 294,352 that were considered inadmissible, which means individuals at ports of entry were seeking humanitarian protection but were immediately denied or they withdrew application for admission and returned to their countries of origin within a short time frame.

'The Department completed 1.2 million repatriations, including expulsions under Title 42 and removals under Title 8, which represents a 15-year high that is more than two-and-a-half times as many repatriations as in FY 2020,' CBP wrote in a release on their fiscal year 2021 numbers. 'Most people encountered at the border (62 percent) were expelled under the Title 42 authority to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).'

Compared to nearly 2 million in 2021, there were only 646,822 total encounters in fiscal year 2020 – when Donald Trump was still in office and in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.

CBP blamed the massive spike in border crossing since Joe Biden took office on multiple factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic. But none of those reasons included President Biden's more lax border policies, including saying during his campaign that he would welcome all those who seek asylum in the U.S.

In fiscal year 2021, nearly 2 million migrants came in contact with immigration enforcement © Provided by Daily Mail In fiscal year 2021, nearly 2 million migrants came in contact with immigration enforcement The report says 62% of those seeking asylum were expelled under Title 42, a provision that allows deportation of illegal immigrants in the midst of a public health emergency. Here asylum-seekers prepare to cross the Rio Bravo river into the U.S in El Paso, Texas on December 27 © Provided by Daily Mail The report says 62% of those seeking asylum were expelled under Title 42, a provision that allows deportation of illegal immigrants in the midst of a public health emergency. Here asylum-seekers prepare to cross the Rio Bravo river into the U.S in El Paso, Texas on December 27

The agency also claimed that the number of encounters is only so inflated from previous years because of 'repeat encounters.'

'[T]he actual number of unique individuals attempting to cross the border was substantially lower than total encounters.'

'Prior to the pandemic,' the statement explains, 'about one in eight border encounters involved a person previously encountered during the prior year. However, since CBP began expelling noncitizens under the CDC's Title 42 public health order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the repeat encounter rate jumped to more than one in three encounters, including almost half of single adult encounters.'

'Thus, while total enforcement encounters increased 82 percent between 2019 (the last pre-pandemic year) and 2021, the number of unique individuals encountered at the border increased 30 percent.'


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Republicans are furious that the administration has not done more to address the southern border crisis.

Senators Josh Hawley from Missouri and James Lankford from Oklahoma wrote a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last month demanding answers from his agency on why it has not released a report yet on the number of migrants who have stayed in the U.S. past expiration of their visas.

They claim the administration is delaying release because Democrats are worried the numbers would 'complicate' their plan for immigration laid out in Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better social spending and welfare package.

'We are concerned that DHS did not publish the FY 2020 Entry/Exit Overstay Report on a public website out of concerns that this report would complicate the conversation around the 'Plan C' amnesty proposals in the Democrats' partisan reconciliation package,' the two Republican senators wrote in a letter sent December 21.

CBP data released in December shows there were 173,620 encounters with migrants at the southern border in November, an uptick from October when crossings finally were on a decline from the massive summer surge © Provided by Daily Mail CBP data released in December shows there were 173,620 encounters with migrants at the southern border in November, an uptick from October when crossings finally were on a decline from the massive summer surge

In the House version of the bill, which has not yet passed the Senate, illegal immigrations who have continued to reside in the U.S. since January 2011 would be offered parol, which would put them toward a citizenship path despite more than 10 years of illegal status.

The report Hawley and Lankford are seeking would include the population of visa overstays.

Massive increases in crossings have also led to increased scrutiny at the border.

CBP released a statement claiming border agents in Fronton, Texas were shot at from the Mexico side of the border as they attempted to apprehend an individual trying to cross illegally.

Shots, the agency said, came from across the Rio Grande River and hit the agents' vehicle – but no officers were harmed during the incident and they did not exchange any gunfire.

'The incident is being reviewed by the FBI and CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility,' CBP wrote.

December figures have not yet been released, but CBP in November encountered 173,620 migrants at the southern border, which is a nearly 10,000-person increase from October.

Of the November crossers, more than 63,000 were Mexican citizens while almost 50,000 came from Northern Triangle countries, which include El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The nearly 61,000 remainder arrived from other nations.

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