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Southern border immigration still high, with 208k migrants in August

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According to their latest report, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered 208,887 migrants at the southern border in August alone. While that is 2% less than the number of encounters in July, it’s a 317% increase since August 2020 and a 233% increase from August 2019.

RELATED: BORDER CRISIS: CBP reports 944% increase in migrants this April

Of all those migrants who attempted to cross the southern border, a quarter of them had at least one prior encounter in the last 12 months. The vast majority, over 150,000 were attempting to cross for the first time. Meanwhile, only 14% attempted twice in 12 months throughout 2014-2019.

RELATED: Rep. Tlaib says ‘we must eliminate funding for CBP, ICE and their parent organization, DHS’

However, 93,414 of the encounters were turned away under Title 42, a public health order meant to protect U.S. citizens from increased COVID-19 positive migrants. But that’s only 44% of the total encounters. Generally, many of those turned away, 75%, were single adults.

Now, CBP found 1,002,722 unique migrants during 2021. Last year, there were 851,513 migrants at the border. In the meantime, more than 10,900 CBP employees tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. A total of 43 have passed away. Eight of those deaths happened in August alone.

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Analysis: the 7.2 million illegals Biden has let enter the U.S. is larger than the population of 36 states

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For those who can’t comprehend the magnitude of what the Biden administration’s poor border policies have done, the nearly 7.3 million migrants who have illegally crossed the southwest border  on Biden’s watch is a greater amount than the population of 36 individual states.

A Fox News analysis looked at data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which shows the total number of southwest land border encounters since Biden assumed office in 2021 is 7,298,486. The CBP already reported 961,537 border encounters in the current fiscal year, which runs from October through September.

Fox News reports:

If the current pace of illegal immigration does not slow down, fiscal year 2024 will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 southwest border encounters — a number that by itself exceeds the population of New Mexico, a border state.

That is larger than the population of 36 U.S. states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The analysis found that compared to the largest U.S. states, the 7.3 million number is about 18.7% of California’s population of 39 million; 23.9% of the state of Texas and its 31 million residents; 32.3% of the population of Florida; and 37.3% of New York. It’s more than half the size of Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio.

Were the number of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. under President Biden gathered together to found a city, it would be the second-largest city in America after New York. And the total does not include an estimated additional 1.8 million known “gotaways” who evaded law enforcement, which would make it bigger than New York.

This unprecedented surge in illegal immigration isn’t an accident. It is the result of deliberate policy choices by the Biden administration,” said Eric Ruark, Director of Research for Numbers USA, a nonprofit that advocates for immigration restrictions.

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