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Record high: CBP reports over 250,000 southwest land border encounters in December

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America's southern border continues to be inundated by a massive flow of migrants, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection reporting a whopping 251,487 southwest land border encounters during the month of December 2022, a staggering sum which, according to Fox News' Bill Melugin, represents the highest monthly total ever recorded.

"CBP sources tell FOX there were over 70,000 known gotaways at the border in December as well," Melugin tweeted, noting that December marks the tenth consecutive month that southern border encounters have exceeded 200,000.

"The December update shows our new border enforcement measures are working. Even as overall encounters rose because of smugglers spreading misinformation around the court-ordered lifting of the Title 42 public health order, we continued to see a sharp decline in the number of Venezuelans unlawfully crossing our southwest border, down 82% from September 2022," Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller, said, according to a press release. "Early data suggests the expanded measures for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans are having a similar impact, and we look forward to sharing the additional data in the next update."

Adding the 251,487 figure from December to the 234,896 from November and 231,277 from October brings the total for the first three months of fiscal year 2023 to 717,660 southwest land border encounters.

"10 months in a row of more than 200,000 migrant encounters at the southern border. Biden’s border crisis is out of control," GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee tweeted.

"Every single @HouseGOP should have to answer this question: you ran on securing the border, you have the majority, so what are you specifically willing to do to secure it?" Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas tweeted.

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