Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Nick Miroff for the Washington Post reports that the number of migrants taken into custody along the southern U.S. border soared to nearly 1 million during the government’s fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data released yesterday.
Mark Morgan, the acting CBP commissioner, told reporters at a White House briefing that more than 52,000 migrants were taken into custody in September at U.S. ports of entry and between them, a decline of 18 percent from August. Overall, U.S. border authorities made 977,509 arrests during fiscal 2019, up 88 percent from last year and the highest total since 2007. Morgan called it a “staggering” increase.
"In Fiscal Year 2019, CBP encountered 977,509 people attempting to cross our Southwest border, which is 72% higher than fiscal year 2014. Since the expansion of the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) and the Administration’s agreements with Central American governments, monthly enforcement actions have dropped an average of 22% per month.
For the month of September, total CBP encounters (Border Patrol apprehensions and Field Operations inadmissible cases) along the Southwest border were 52,546. These enforcement actions show a decrease across all key demographics (such as unaccompanied children), although single adults represent the smallest decrease. While this is a decrease from August numbers, it remains higher than during the same time period of six of the last seven previous years."