According to a new report, the number of migrant encounters at the southern border reached an all-time high of 260,000 in September, as border officials struggled to cope with an unprecedented crisis.
The number of migrants encountered in September exceeded 260,000, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources, making it the largest monthly total ever noted.
This figure includes both meetings with the Border Patrol between ports of entry and encounters with the Office of Field Operations (OFO) at ports.
The previous record was reached in December of last year, when authorities encountered 252,320 migrants.
Numbers decreased in 2023, and officials cited a decline in May following the repeal of Title 42 as evidence that their actions were effective.
However, the numbers skyrocketed in July and August.
Last week, CBP said that the numbers had reached 230,000 in August.
Agents were coping with new daily highs at the time the agency revealed the figures.
Agents have recently been encountering between 10,000 and 11,000 migrants every day, which has occasionally led to the discharge of migrants onto the streets.
Border Patrol agents are crucial workers who deal with matters of national security. Agents must continue working even if the government is closed, but they won’t get paid until it reopens.
The Biden administration, which has been under fire from Republicans and conservatives for its handling of the border crisis, is expected to feel more pressure as a result of the new statistics.
Republicans have attributed the problem to the administration’s dismantling of Trump-era regulations, as well as its decisions to tighten up enforcement inside the country and increase migrant releases.