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US reports massive number of encounters along southwest border in August
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US reports massive number of encounters along southwest border in August

Massive numbers of migrants have been flooding America's southern border throughout President Joe Biden's White House tenure and the trend is showing no signs of stopping.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a whopping 232,972 southwest land border encounters during the month of August, a figure that represents a significant spike from the 183,494 in July.

But while the August figure represents a staggeringly large number, it's only the third largest figure of fiscal year 2023, a period that spans from October 2022 through the end of September 2023. The number of southwest land border encounters in November and December 2022 were 235,198 and 252,320 respectively.

The total number for fiscal year 2023 has already surpassed 2.2 million.

The monthly border numbers markedly increased after Biden took office and have remained elevated throughout his time in office.

"In August 2023, the U.S. Border Patrol recorded 181,059 encounters between ports of entry along the Southwest border. CBP's total encounters along the Southwest border in August were 232,972," according to a CBP press release. "Among CBP’s 232,972 overall encounters along the Southwest border in August 2023, 11% involved individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months," CBP noted. "The number of unique individuals encountered by CBP along the Southwest border was 164,911 in August 2023."

"CBP remains vigilant in the face of ruthless smugglers and transnational criminal organizations who exploit vulnerable migrants, the same criminal organizations trafficking in lethal drugs that harm our communities," Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy A. Miller said, according to the press release. "The men and women of CBP continue to work, day in and day out, to protect our nation, disrupting the entry of dangerous people and dangerous goods into the country while providing humanitarian care for vulnerable individuals."

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