Border Crossing Numbers—Biggest October Crossings Since 1999: No Wonder Abbott Declared An Invasion!
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The Southwest Border Crossing numbers are out, and they're bad.

Andrew A. Arthur at writes:

The humanitarian and national-security disaster at the Southwest border is just getting worse. CBP released its encounter numbers for October this week, and they reveal that Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 204,000 illegal entrants at the U.S.-Mexico line last month, the largest total there for the month in history (records go back to October 1999) and a 28 percent increase over October 2021 — the first month in a fiscal year that shattered previous annual records for apprehensions. And that doesn’t include roughly 64,000 got aways. Expect it to get worse, as a federal judge just blocked DHS from expelling illegal entrants under Title 42 (though that order is stayed until December).

October’s Apprehension Numbers in Context. To put CBP’s numbers into context, last month’s migrant apprehensions exceeded the totals for the month of October in FY 2016, FY 2017, FY 2018, FY 2019, and FY 2020 — combined.

And FY 2019 was not a banner year at the Southwest border; things were so bad there that then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen felt pressed to declare a “border emergency” in response to the then-wave of illegal entries.

The one bright spot (such as it was) in CBP’s October numbers was that Border Patrol apprehensions fell by just over 3,000 from September. Still, illegal entries are running high during a period of the year — between May and February — when they should be dropping, significantly. They’re not.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared an invasion, and is taking all measures he can to to deal with it, but his problem is that Joe Biden is supporting the invasion.

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