Border Patrol Detains Record 1.66 Million Illegal Immigrants In 2021 Fiscal Year

For the fiscal year that ended in September, Border Patrol officers apprehended over 1.66 million illegal aliens along the southern border, the greatest number ever recorded in a fiscal year. In 2000, 1.64 million people were detained, which was a new high.

In September, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents deported a record number of noncitizens from the United States-Mexico border, up from the previous month. In that same month, agents encountered 192,001 migrants at the Mexico-US border, down from 209,840 in August and 213,593 in July. Expulsions under Title 42 are carried out with the claimed goal of stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Most migrants apprehended in 2021 occurred after President Joe Biden took office, with over 1.3 million detained in the first nine months of his term. This year, about 145,000 unaccompanied youngsters were apprehended among the incoming arrivals. The Biden administration has struggled to handle migrant arrivals, with Border Patrol at times overburdened by the influx of newcomers.

Moreover, this is more than the 540,000 border arrests that occurred on average between 2012 and 2020. Over 309,000 illegal immigrants from Honduras, 279,000 Guatemalans, and roughly 96,000 migrants from El Salvador were arrested by the Border Patrol. Since Biden took office in January, the agency has conducted over 1.3 million arrests of illegal immigrants along the southern border.

According to the reports, since January, the Biden administration has received criticism for its inactivity on the border problem. The administration has stated that it is apprehending and deporting as many migrants as it can under Title 42. Still, a September document from the Department of Homeland Security revealed that the agency does not have the means to apprehend every illegal immigrant.