Over 2.6 million migrants were arrested by Border Patrol agents in the five Texas-based Border Patrol sectors in the last two fiscal years. Over 300,000 more migrants have been apprehended during this time than there are people living in Houston.
1,216,501 migrants were arrested by Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Del Rio, Big Bend, and El Paso Sectors during the recently concluded Fiscal Year 23. Agents in these border sectors in Texas detained 1,395,690 migrants a year ago.
The CBP Nationwide Encounters Report states that as a result, 2,612,191 migrants have been apprehended overall over the last two fiscal years. This is more than 309,000 more than the population of Houston (2,302,878), which is marginally smaller than that of Corpus Christi.
More than 3,576,000 migrants have been apprehended by border agents in the five Texas-based border sectors since President Joe Biden assumed office in January 2021. This is more than two and a half times the combined population of the counties of Travis (Austin) and Bexar (San Antonio).
More than half (652,000) of the 1.2 million migrants detained in Texas' border regions last year originated in Mexico and the Northern Triangle nations of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. According to the report, Venezuela contributed an additional 195,811. Of the total, approximately 8,000 were Chinese migrants.
In FY24, the flood of immigrants into the Lone Star State will not stop. Randy Clark of Breitbart Texas reported just last week that over 1,800 migrants were apprehended in the Del Rio Sector in less than a day.
The number of migrants from countries with known ties to terrorism that the Border Patrol refers to as “Special Interest Aliens” is even more alarming. Six Iranian nationals, three Lebanese nationals, one Egyptian national, and one Saudi Arabian national were apprehended by Del Rio Sector agents during the second week of October after they landed in the Eagle Pass area of operations.
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