Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers encountered 202 percent more migrants than over the previous years, a rough number of 647,000. This year, the report for the end of Fiscal Year 2021 is set to report shy of 2 million.
CBP Officers and Border Patrol agents have encountered nearly 1.96 million (preliminary numbers could change slightly in the official CBP report when reported) migrants during FY21, which ended September 30, according to a source operating with the Department of Homeland Security. Breitbart Texas has reviewed a document from the agency revealing the record-setting level of migrants encountered along the U.S.- Mexico Border.
Of the nearly 1.96 million migrants encountered, more than 1.66 million, a new record for Border Patrol, were migrants apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the southern, northern, and coastal borders. This represents an increase of 310 percent over the previous year’s 405,000 migrants.
Migrant apprehensions by Border Patrol agents in nine southwest border sectors set a new record in the FY21 report. The previous record for apprehensions was 1.64 million set in FY2000, as Breitbart Texas reported in late September.
Of the nearly 2 million migrants the CBP and Border Patrol agents encountered in FY21, almost 1.6 million occurred due to the immigration and border security policy changes that followed Biden’s inauguration.
Single adult migrants accounted for more than 1.3 million of the total encounters; the report is expected to reveal. This is up from just under 537,000 the year before — an increase of nearly 146 percent. More than 616,000 came from Mexico, and about 315,000 came from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Family units accounted for the second-largest demographic of migrants encountered, with just under 484,000, increasing more than 545 percent. More than 275,000 of those came from the Northern Triangle nations.
Encounters with Unaccompanied Minors also jumped by more than 333 percent. CBP officers and agents encountered more than 148,000 unaccompanied minors — up from only 34,000 the year before. Of those, more than 114,000 came from the Northern Triangle countries.
The numbers reported above do not include an estimated 400,000 migrant “got-aways.” The number is determined by counting migrants who ultimately escape apprehension after being observed by surveillance systems. Border Patrol agents also use traditional sign-cutting techniques to spot footprints. However, it is not a perfect investigative method, and sources say the actual got-away count is usually higher.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed the increase in apprehensions is nothing new in a news interview on September 26. Mayorkas told Chris Wallace with Fox News, “We are certainly seeing a large number here this year, but in 2019, we saw a large number. In 2014, in 2010. This is nothing new,” he says.
Myorkas’s statement differs from the reality of record-breaking highs in apprehension.