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CBP Reports Illegal Southern Border Crossings Rise 65% in the Past Two Months

CBP Reports Illegal Southern Border Crossings Rise 65% in the Past Two Months

by Leah AnayaDecember 14, 2020

Customs and Border Protection released data on Monday showing that illegal border crossings have risen dramatically in the last two months. According to their statistics, the number of illegal crossings in October and November were 65% higher than the same time in 2019.

In a briefing Monday, CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said the numbers also show a 31% increase over 2019 from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, also known as the Northern Triangle.

Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) totals have also reached unprecedented highs, averaging over 150 arrivals per day. Morgan said, “The number of UACs arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border have nearly doubled in the past few weeks, reaching a daily average of more than 150.”

For context, in the whole month of April 2020, there were only 712 UACs total.

Commissioner Morgan said the increase is directly related to both the promises made by Joe Biden during his campaign for presidency, as well as recent court rulings. He said the combination of those two factors is “luring migrants to the southwest border.”

Biden said during his campaign that, should he win, he would push an immigration bill within his first 100 days in office through the senate. The goal of the bill would be to give a ”pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America.”

In addition to that promise, he also said he would restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program allows about 600,000 young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally after being brought here as children to remain in the country.

In a preliminary ruling by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in mid-November, the judge decreed that children who cross the border unaccompanied by a parent could no longer be turned away. President Trump’s administration had argued to continue this practice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, following an October 2 emergency declaration by director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, and the Justice Department.

Agents at the border had expelled nearly 8,800 unaccompanied minors between March and November. In the same time period, almost 200,000 people have been turned away in total.

Over 11% of the children arriving at the border test positive for COVID-19, according to the federal Health and Human Services Department. The HHS house the children under Sullivan’s order to not turn them away. Another decision said that children can’t be held in hotel rooms, which are already paid for. Instead, they are kept in HHS shelters across the country, whether or not they test positive for the virus.

During his conference Monday, Morgan said, “Any immigration strategy that comprises of release, protect and reward is not a strategy at all.”

CBP reports the October apprehensions of those attempting to cross the southern border illegally totaled 67,639 and 67,101 in November. In 2019, October arrests were at 45,139 and November showed 42,643.

The unaccompanied minors were, Morgan said, the highest they’ve been in the past 12 months. In October, there were 4,792 and in November there were 4,592.

Morgan predicted a massive surge in crossings, both legally and illegally, at the southern border with the possible presidential win of Joe Biden.

About The Author
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at a department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a stay at home mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is now a writer and Deputy Editor at Law Enforcement News Network as well as the Business Manager for Washington State FOP. She's a peer support advocate for The Wounded Blue and Serve and Protect. You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at
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