Twice as many migrants crossed border illegally last month than January 2021, data shows

By Fernie Ortiz | Border Report

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — The number of times border officials encountered migrants fell from December to January, but it is nearly twice as much as the previous year.

New figures provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday show that nationwide Border Patrol agents and CBP officers encountered migrants 186,003 times in January, down from 205,685 in December. The number of encounters in January 2021 was 95,276.

At the Southwest border alone, border authorities encountered migrants 153,941 times. That represents a 14 percent decrease from the 179,219 encounters in December. Migrant encounters hit 78,414 in January 2021.