How Many Migrants Crossed The Border In December?

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( – On Friday, the Biden administration revealed that in December there had been a new record of migrant encounters in the U.S.-Mexico border of 371,036 encounters across the nation. 

This is the first time that the number of migrant encounters has been over 300,000, far surpassing the previous record that had been set in September 2023 of 269,700 encounters in the southern border. The highest nationwide number of migrant encounters had been set in August 2023 when there were a total of 341,392 encounters. 

In a statement, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., noted that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had “outdone himself” with these historically high numbers. He added that this latest report was further proof that Secretary Mayorkas needed to be impeached. 

On Tuesday, Green noted that he was intending to bring the impeachment articles against Mayorkas. He added that the record number of encounters was the result of Mayorkas willfully and systematically refusing to comply with the immigration laws that Congress had passed. He further noted that in reality, the secretary had intentionally opened the country’s borders without providing a chance for the removal of illegal immigrants. Finally Green alleged that this was “intentional” and that it was a “disaster.” 

In December, Border Patrol noted that there had been a total of 251,222 arrests across the nation, including 1,178 from the country’s northern border with Canada. 

On Friday, Troy Miller, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection senior official, noted that the CBP was committed to providing all available resources to ensure the safety of agents and officers as well as the migrants who often fall victim to transnational criminal organizations.

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