New data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows a recent increase in the number of encounters at American borders with Russian nationals.
Since illegal immigration at the country’s borders remains a major issue for President Joe Biden, the upwards trend of agents encountering Russian migrants represents another way in which Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has potentially affected Biden.
CBP data shows there were 36,271 encounters with Russians in the year 2022. However, that data is based on a fiscal year that ended in September. In October, agents encountered 5,177 Russians at the borders, while the CBP recorded an additional 6,920 encounters with Russians in November. Since 2020, the CBP had only recorded more than 4,000 encounters with Russians in one month before October, which came in May 2022 with 4,354.
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