Venezuelans Become Largest Group of Border Crossers Arrested in September

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( – In September, Venezuelans were the largest group of nationals to have been arrested for crossing into the United States illegally, according to US Customs and Border Protection records. Fox News reported that this is the first time that the Venezuelans and not the Mexicans have come to the number one spot.

The monthly report released last weekend showed that there were a total of 218,763 encounters of people from different countries who had crossed through the southern border into the U.S. This was a 21 percent increase when compared to August’s number of undocumented immigrants, which had been around 181,084.

The number of Venezuelans arrested crossing between points of entry more than doubled with 54,833 arrests in September and 22,090 arrests in August. This also marked a new record as the previous one was made in September 2022 when there had been 33,749 arrests. For decades, Mexicans had been the largest national group to illegally cross into the United States. However, recently, there has been an increase in the number of people crossing who are originally from Asia, Africa, and South America.

In September, there were 39,733 Mexicans arrested, while the other three nationalities that made the top five included Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Colombians.

On July 31, the Biden administration announced that around half a million Venezuelans were given temporary legal status. They also said that all those who entered the U.S. illegally after that date or who did not receive asylum would be deported.

In September, the Customs and Border Protection acting commissioner Troy Miller stated that they were constantly trying to work with their partners both foreign and domestic in order to deal with the migration wave from the historic hemisphere.

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