Arrests Along US-Mexico Border Hit 21-Year Monthly High

The number of illegal immigrants apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border jumped 12 percent in July, hitting nearly 213,000, officials said Thursday. The 212,672 encounters was up from 188,934, and represented the 15th consecutive month that the number of apprehensions has risen, according to Border Patrol records. It also marked the highest monthly total since March 2000. The new numbers don’t include how many illegal immigrants evaded capture. In recent months, that number has been pegged at around 1,000 a day. The most commonly encountered illegal aliens were single adults, but nearly 19,000 were unaccompanied minors. That set a new monthly record for the population, and signaled the continued failure of the Biden administration in stemming what some experts say is a full-blown crisis. “We are encountering an unprecedented number of migrants in between the ports of entry at our southern border,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters in Texas. That …

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