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FACTSHEET: Illegal Encounters at Southwest Border Jump From June As Border Crisis Continues

August 23, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) July Southwest border encounter numbers illustrate that, following the end of Title 42, the surge at our porous border is only worsening. The nearly 30% increase in total encounters along the Southwest border compared to June confirms a statement to the Committee by former Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, who said the decrease in crossings between ports of entry following the end of Title 42 is likely to be temporary. Contrary to what the Biden administration has promised, this increase puts the Biden administration on track to reach—if not surpass—Fiscal Year 2022’s total (2,378,944). 

Today, the House Homeland Security Committee released the July “Startling Stats” Factsheet, detailing yet another historic month of over 100,000 encounters at the Southwest border under the Biden administration. The over 170% increase in encounters at ports of entry compared to July 2022 is even more evidence of Secretary Mayorkas’ desperate attempt to hide this continuing crisis in plain sight by shifting otherwise inadmissible aliens to ports of entry. Although some asylum seekers have legitimate claims, many inadmissible aliens who have entered the United States over the past two-and-a-half years of Secretary Mayorkas’ catch-and-release policies may present a national security risk. As the surge at the border begins to worsen again, even the CBP One app can’t hide the truth of this humanitarian and national security crisis.

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