Record number of migrants crossed southern border in November: CBP

There were 233,740 migrants apprehended along the U.S. southern border in November, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection — a 1% increase from October’s record — breaking arrests and marking the highest number of border crossings ever recorded for the month of November.

CBP says there were 204,000 unique encounters, up from 4% the month before. Of these unique encounters, 35% (68,000) were from Cuba and Nicaragua. The number of unique meetings alone is almost twice the total number of meetings from the previous year of 174,845.

PHOTO: An asylum-seeking migrant walks covered with a blanket during a day of high winds and low temperatures in a makeshift camp near the US-Mexico border.

An asylum-seeking migrant walks covered with a blanket during a day of high winds and low temperatures in a makeshift camp near the US-Mexico border, after the US Supreme Court allowed Title 42 to remain in place temporarily, in Matamoros, Mexico December 23, 2022 .REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

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Two-thirds of all encounters were single adult males who are often repatriated under the Title 8 statue, while only 29% were repatriated under Title 42.

Title 42, the Trump-era policy that deported migrants under the auspices of the pandemic, is on hold until the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case.

The timing of the release of the November border numbers, the Friday before Christmas, upset some Republicans who have been critical of the Biden administration’s handling of the immigration issue.

PHOTO: Asylum-seeking migrants stand covered in blankets during a day of high winds and freezing temperatures in a makeshift camp near the US-Mexico border.

Asylum-seeking migrants stand covered with blankets during a day of high winds and low temperatures in a makeshift camp near the US-Mexico border, after the US Supreme Court allowed Title 42 to temporarily remain in place, in Matamoros, Mexico December 23, 2022 REUTERS/Daniel Becerril TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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“November had the most illegal border crossings ever for the month with 233,740 known crossings — enough to fill SoFi Stadium more than twice over,” rep. Young Kim (R-CA) tweeted. “This is only going to get worse. I urge VP Harris & President Biden to visit the border in person so we can get serious about solutions.”

CBP claims the Venezuelan asylum program is working — from nearly 1,100 Venezuelans a day to 100 at the southwest border.

Announced in October, the Department of Homeland Security said Venezuelans who present themselves at the southern border would be returned to Mexico. They also said Venezuelans will need a sponsor in the United States to enter the country legally. It can be done online, a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call at the time of the announcement.

Fentanyl and heroin seizures, according to the data, both increased by more than 50%, according to CBP, from the previous month.

“This month’s operational update reflects CBP’s dedicated workforce diligently enforcing our immigration laws while seizing fentanyl and other contraband, ensuring America’s financial security and facilitating travel and commerce,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller in a press release late Friday night.

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