At least 73,000 illegal immigrants were spotted crossing into the United States but were able to evade Border Patrol agents in November – the highest number recorded at the US-Mexico border, according to PKB News.
Border Patrol uses the term getaways to describe immigrants who are spotted by motion-sensor cameras or border agents, but are able to avoid capture.
Since the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, 137,000 getaways have already been counted, sources told PKB sources.
In the just-ended fiscal year 2022, there were nearly 600,000 getaways, compared to 389,155 recorded in fiscal year 2021.
In November, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asked Chris Magnus, the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to resign, but he refused.
instead, he released a statement saying, “I’m excited about the progress I’ve made and look forward to continuing this work.”
A record 2.4 million migrants were stopped at the US border with Mexico in the fiscal year that ended September 30 – a 37% increase from the previous year.
At least 207,000 migrants were encountered by Border Patrol in the month of November – this number includes all those who attempted to enter, about 40% of whom are immediately denied entry into the United States, many of them under the title 42, a pandemic public health restriction.
A federal court has ruled that Title 42 must end by December 21, after which an even larger increase in the number of migrants entering the country is expected.
However, Politico reported that Magnus disappeared or slept during key meetings on how to deal with the ongoing migration wave.
“He’s not in the game,” an administration official told the outlet.
“Every time there’s a meeting and he’s in it, we’ll come to a conclusion and Magnus will have a side issue that he wants to raise and we’re all like, ‘What is this?
Data from US Customs and Border Protection shows that in the past two months, El Paso, Texas is the busiest new border crossing – with more than 53,000 immigrants entering the US in a month only.
Shelters in El Paso are packed, leaving the Border Patrol with no choice but to release 1,200 immigrants onto city streets in November. These people are asylum seekers who have been cleared by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have no criminal history and who are legally authorized to travel to the United States.
Some of those immigrants are now sleeping rough, either because they don’t have money to leave El Paso or because they’re waiting for transportation, according to El Paso station KPKB-TV.
Despite Title 42 ending in less than 20 days, the Biden administration has not announced a new measure to replace it or a plan for what to do with the increased migration level when it is lifted. .