(SNews) – Illegal border crossings soared to a new monthly record in September, new Border Patrol data shows.
In September, Border Patrol recorded 218,777 encounters will illegal aliens who had crossed the Southern Border from Mexico.
According to the official data, the number is the highest on record for the month going back to at least the year 2000.
September also marks the end of fiscal year 2023.
For the fiscal year, Border Patrol apprehensions surpassed 2 million.
The last September to break the record was just last year when the Border Patrol recorded 207,597 encounters with illegal migrants.
A previous statement from Troy A. Miller, a senior official performing the duties of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, noted that the surge in illegal immigration at the southern border hit 181,059 encounters in August.
“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,” Miller said at the time.
“Our operational tempo along the border has increased in response to increased encounters, and we remain squarely focused on our broader security mission and enforcing U.S. immigration laws.
“We are maximizing consequences against those without a legal basis to remain in the United States, including by processing more individuals into expedited removal than ever before,” Miller added.
“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.”
In early October, Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration announced the construction of more southern border wall in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, as Slay News reported.
The move to continue building President Donald Trump’s border was can in response to a surge in illegal immigration.
Biden finally caved on the issue following pressure from Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
“There is presently an acute and immediate need to construct physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the border of the United States in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States in the project areas,” Mayorkas earlier.
Mayorkas’ sudden change of tune came after Republicans moved to slash his salary to $1.
As Slay News reported, a bipartisan bill passed in the U.S. House that seeks to slash Mayorkas’s pay.
The legislation saw Democrats join with Republicans for the vote.
Meanwhile, in Eagle Pass, Texas, Border Patrol has been instructed to cut concertina wire erected by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to deter illegal crossings.
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Eagle Pass experienced a continued flow of migrants in September that largely came from Venezuela.