U.S. arrests for illegal border crossings from Mexico hit an all-time high in December since monthly figures were released, officials reported Friday, revealing a growing weakness for President Joe Biden as he campaigns for a second term.
The Border Patrol recorded 249,785 arrests at the Mexican border in December, 31% more than 191,112 in November and 13% more than 222,018 in December 2022, the previous high period.
Apprehensions dropped by more than half during the first two weeks of January, “in a manner consistent with historical trends and strengthening police efforts,” Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement. statement. (for its acronym in English). Previously, CBP said aggressive operations by Mexican authorities contributed to the January decline.
Mexicans were subject to 56,236 arrests in December, while Venezuelans were second with 46,937, reversing most of the decline that followed the start of deportation flights to Venezuela in October. Arrests of Guatemalans increased. Hondurans and Colombians are the other nationalities in the top five with the most arrests.
Tucson, Arizona, was again the busiest corridor for illegal crossings between the nine sectors of the Mexican border, with 80,185 arrests. Del Rio, Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott’s policing efforts took second place with 71,095 arrests. San Diego, where nearly 6,000 Chinese were arrested, came in a distant third.
Including migrants allowed to enter the United States under new or expanded legal channels, records of migrant encounters totaled 302,034, surpassing 300,000 for the first time and surpassing the previous high of 269,735. which was recorded in September. Federal authorities admitted 45,770 people to cross the Mexican land border in December through an online appointment system called CBP One, bringing total registrations to more than 413,000 since system one was implemented. years ago.
The government’s widespread use of humanitarian parole to allow migrants into the country was one of the main points of the Senate negotiations on border security.