According to a Border Patrol agent in the El Paso Sector, more migrants are being apprehended for the second consecutive month. The trend reverses a sharp decline in January.
Anthony “Scott” Good, the recently appointed El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent, tweeted a report claiming his agents are detaining more than 1,100 migrants daily. This brings the total number of arrests for the first 27 days of the month to almost 30,000.
Migrant arrests decreased from 55,770 in December to 30,035 (968 per day) in January. The February Southwest Land Border Encounters Report shows that the total rose to 32,233 in February.
Agents from the El Paso Sector will detain more than 34,000 migrants by Friday night at midnight if the Chief Good-reported trend holds.
Good reported that between October 1, 2022, and February 28, 2023, the El Paso Sector led the country in the number of migrants apprehended (224,598). Del Rio Sector, which reports 193,598 detained migrants, is the next closest sector.
According to Good's estimation, there may have been more than 257,000 migrants apprehended during the past six months.
The estimated number of migrants who are known to have crossed the border without being caught is known as migrant got-aways, which is not included in these figures.
According to a Breitbart Texas story from earlier this month, the El Paso Sector reported the largest number of got-aways. The 5,413 got-aways from last year have increased by about 205 percent to nearly 17,000 this year. El Paso has more than 106,000 estimated known got-aways, which puts it in first place overall for the year.
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