New report says over 12 million have crossed border

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More than 12 million people have illegally crossed the border into the U.S. since 2021, data obtained and analyzed by The Center Square show.

That includes the more than 241,000 apprehensions of illegal border crossers in May. The total number who’ve illegally entered the U.S. nationwide in fiscal 2024 through May is more than 2.2 million, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.

The majority of illegal border crossers are overwhelmingly single adults. In fiscal 2024 through May, they totaled over 1.35 million.

CBP’s fiscal year goes from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Under the current administration, each fiscal year breaks a new record for apprehensions and encounters and outnumber U.S. state, city and country populations.

Fiscal year through May totals are potentially on track to surpass last fiscal year’s record of more than 3.2 million apprehensions, the highest on record in U.S. history, according to CBP data. They surpassed more than 2.7 million apprehensions in fiscal 2022, which surpassed more than 1.9 in fiscal 2021.

From fiscal 2021 through fiscal 2024 through May, the number of illegal border crossers apprehended or encountered total 10,147,015, according to CBP data.

The official data excludes “gotaways,” the official term used by CBP to describe foreign nationals who illegally enter the U.S. between ports of entry and don’t return to Mexico or Canada. CBP does not publicly report this data. The Center Square first began obtaining it from a Border Patrol agent on condition of anonymity to provide a more accurate picture of monthly illegal crossings.


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