Nearly 2.5 million immigrants apprehended at the border so far this fiscal year

Most of the meetings were led by those fleeing dictatorships in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that 2,493,723 illegal immigrants were apprehended in the current fiscal year: from last October through August. 2,150,244 of them were apprehended at the southern border. The large number of people fleeing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are driving a new wave of immigration, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement.

The number of detainees in August 2022 was 157,921, an increase of 2.2% compared to the previous month. The main reason for this increase in a single month is the number of asylum seekers fleeing authoritarian regimes in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. 55,333 of the total number of arrests were from these 3 countries. They account for a third of the total (35%), an increase of 175% over the previous year.

Mexican presence on the border decreasing

Detentions of immigrants from Mexico and northern Central America declined for the third consecutive month, accounting for only 36% of encounters. This represents a 43% decrease in the presence of these countries compared to August 2021.

Recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection activity related to the U.S.-Mexico border includes arrests of sex offenders, gang members, and drug seizures.

Moreover, for this fiscal year, repatriations and removals total 1,300,467, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).