Border Patrol Releases Border Encounter Numbers for December

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Customs and Border Protection released the numbers for December southern border encounters on Friday night. There were 251,487 encounters in December 2022. This was a 40% increase from December 2021, when the number of encounters was 179,253. This also marks a new record for December encounters.

So far in the fiscal year 2023, which started in October, there have been a total of 717,660 encounters. The breakdown is October 231,277, November 234,896, and December 251,487. Single adults have been the largest demographic, with 479,229 single adults encountered to date, 200,211 family units encountered, and 37,452 unaccompanied minors. The total number of encounters at all borders to date in the fiscal year 2023 is 863,929.

Customs and Border Protection says they are seeing a big decline in Venezuelans crossing the Southwest border, along with a drop in individuals from Mexico and northern Central America. Under Title 42, 49,405 individuals were processed for expulsion.

Drugs, especially fentanyl, continue to flow across the border, and Customs and Border Protection saw an increase of 17.5% in drug seizures across all borders in December compared to the previous month. Fentanyl seizures increased by 52%, cocaine seizures increased by 32%, methamphetamine seizures decreased by 4%, and heroin seizures increased by 1%.

Just in the last 72 hours alone, Customs and Border Protection reported 1.15 pounds of fentanyl, 105 pounds of methamphetamine, 12 pounds of cocaine, and 183 pounds of marijuana seized at four different border sectors. Along with the drugs, they caught four sex offenders, five gang members, and two aggravated felons.

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