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851,000 Arrests for Illegal Crossings of Border the Most in 12 Years

According to data obtained by the Washington Examiner, there were 851,000 apprehensions of illegals trying to cross the southern border with Mexico, the most since 2007. The data will be released later this week by the Department of Homeland Security.

Significantly, the number does not include those who showed up at the border claiming asylum, or who passed through and were then turned away.

As of Aug. 31, another 263,000 people were encountered at ports by the Office of Field Operations, a component of CBP. Border Patrol agents are stationed on the land between ports of entry while field operations officers stay at ports. These people are not arrested but are simply denied entry.

These numbers do not include additional arrests and denied port crossers at the U.S.-Canada border and along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, nor does it include the September figure for those encountered at the ports.


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