A good day to bury bad news: Biden administration sneaks out figures showing highest number of illegal border crossings EVER for November, with 233,740 intercepted – and at least another 73,000 allowed to get away
- Border patrol officers on the southern border of the United States recorded 233,740 illegal immigrants crossing over from Mexico in November
- Figures were quietly released by Homeland Security on Friday night and have led to increased pressure on the Biden administration to address the border crisis
- Data shows significant increases in the number of migrants from Nicaragua and Cuba, offsetting a decrease in the number of Venezuelans
- Overall number of migrant encounters was up 1% from October, with Mexicans making up the largest nationality, followed by Cubans and Nicaraguans
- The number of children traveling alone and families also rose
- Snapshot follows the end of a Trump-era asylum ban and marks the third-highest monthly count of the Biden presidency, a 33% increase from November 2021
Published: 01:30 EST, 24 December 2022 | Updated: 01:39 EST, 24 December 2022
Border patrol officers on the southern border caught 233,740 illegal immigrants crossing over from Mexico last month.
The figure is the highest number of illegal border crossings ever recorded for November underscoring the chaos that exists even while the Title 42 pandemic border expulsion policy has been delayed.
The Department of Homeland Security announced the numbers quietly on in a Friday night data dump.
Such a move was quickly noticed by journalists who tweeted about the ploy.
‘In a blatant Friday evening news dump going into Christmas weekend, the federal government has released the November border numbers. CBP reports 233,740 migrant encounters, the highest November ever recorded, and a large increase over last November (174,845),’ wrote Fox News’ Bill Melugin.
The tweet was picked up by Twitter CEO Elon Musk who simply responded with exclamation marks ‘!!’.
The Biden administration is under increasing pressure to solve the crisis, and has asked the Supreme Court to delay the end of Covid-era Title 42 – which makes it easier for the US to expel undocumented migrants – until after the holidays.
The Biden-Harris team is currently facing scrutiny over the chaos at the US-Mexico border as thousands of migrants are expected to try and seek asylum or sneak through.
Desperate migrants huddled at bus stops and propped up makeshift tents in freezing temperatures in El Paso, after making their long and treacherous journeys to Texas.
When broken down, the data reveals significant surges of migrants from Nicaragua and Cuba which offset drops in Venezuelans at the border.
Cubans, who are leaving the island nation in their largest numbers in six decades, were stopped 34,675 times at the U.S. border with Mexico in November, up 21 percent from 28,848 times in October.