U.S. border officials have reportedly encountered more than 718,000 migrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in the first 100 days of fiscal year 2023.
Fiscal year 2023 began on Oct. 1, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has since encountered more than 230,000 immigrants each month, CBP sources told Fox. More than 198,000 of the 718,000 appointments were immediately removed under Title 42, which President Biden’s administration failed to complete in December.
The data shows a surprising increase in migration compared to the same period in fiscal year 2022, when CBP saw an estimated 518,000 border encounters in the first quarter.
The most active sector of the border is the area around El Paso, Texas, where CBP has recorded 168,000 immigration encounters since Oct. 1. During the same period, 78,161 “escapees” were recorded in this sector alone, the agency said.
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The new information comes as President Biden traveled to the border for the first time in his presidency on Sunday.
The United States has seen record crossings under Biden, and especially in the final months of 2022. The White House has long sought to dismiss the hike as an annual event, but historical data shows that the current crisis is far from the traditional annual hikes.
The White House also announced several policies aimed at stemming the flow at the border while announcing Biden’s visit. They include expanding the humanitarian parole program for Venezuelan citizens to include Haitians, Cubans, and Nicaraguans, as well as increasing refugee resettlement.
Biden admitted the changes were not up to the task.
“The actions I’m announcing today won’t fix our entire immigration system, but they can go a long way toward helping us meet our difficult task,” he said.
Still, many border agents see Biden’s visit as a futile gesture of too little, too late.
“We’re disappointed that it’s taken him two years. We’re disappointed that he’s let this matter get as bad as it has,” National Border Patrol President Brandon Judd said Saturday. “He’s not coming to the border willingly. He would have done it a long time ago.”