Skip to content


FACTSHEET: Nationwide Border Encounters Hit Nine Million on Secretary Mayorkas’ Watch in the Worst February in Decades 

March 26, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security released the “Startling Stats” factsheet detailing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border encounter numbers for February of Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. Last month marked three years since Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ first month in office and the worst February in decades for border encounters––both nationwide (256,094) and at the Southwest border (189,922). In February 2024, the Biden administration officially surpassed a shocking nine million border crossings nationwide, not including the more than 1.8 million gotaways. Read previous “Startling Stats” factsheets at

As expected, and even admitted by this administration, the January drop in border crossings was seasonal—even though that ‘drop’ still left us with a historic January total,” Chairman Green said last week. “Despite Secretary Mayorkas finally admitting that there is a border crisis after three years of lying to Congress and the American people, he continues to incentivize unlawful entry into the country with his mass catch-and-release and mass-parole programs. According to Border Patrol leadership, from chief patrol agents at the Rio Grande Valley Sector to the San Diego Sector, this incentive structure is perpetuating the crisis. Unless this administration reverses course, the country will continue to face the devastating consequences of Secretary Mayorkas’ self-inflicted, unprecedented crisis—for which he has now been impeached.

Compared to February 2021, nationwide border encounters have increased more than 120 percent, including an 87-percent increase just at the Southwest border. These numbers further establish that Secretary Mayorkas has refused to secure our border, instead opting to incentivize illegal crossings and endanger the lives of Americans. Since February 2021, encounters at ports of entry have increased over 500 percent.

Last month, amid Secretary Mayorkas’ unlawful efforts to mass-parole more inadmissible aliens into the country than ever before, an Athens, Georgia, nursing student, Laken Riley, was tragically murdered by an alien who had illegally crossed the Southwest border in 2022 and was quickly paroled into the interior.

Just last month, over 70,000 otherwise inadmissible aliens were granted parole into the country, with limited vetting at best, through just two of Secretary Mayorkas’ unauthorized parole programs—the CBP One scheme and the parole program for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans (CHNV). Read highlights of Homeland Republicans’ questioning in a hearing on the CBP One scheme last week here.

Key Facts: