Interactive Chart: Border Crossing Numbers Finally Released On Third Friday Of Four-Friday Month—FY 2022 Total Is 2,378,944
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The Illegal  Border Crossing Numbers (aka  Southwest Land Border Encounters) tend to be released on Friday, in the hopes that media will go home for the weekend without commenting on them.

The most recent figures were released October 21, last Friday, which was the third Friday of a four-Friday month, and that’s not even the record. In October of last year (Biden Rush: Arrests By Border Patrol ”Soared To The Highest Levels Ever Recorded”) we had a month with five Fridays in it, and they released the numbers on the fourth Friday.

Here’s what they look like this month:

At the Center For Immigration Studies, in a blog post written before the release of the numbers, Andrew R. Arthur pointed out that this lateness affects early voting in the midterm elections.

Early Voting, and Delayed Border Statistics

The polls are open, and CBP should just tell us that border apprehensions in FY 2022 hit two million-plus

By Andrew R. Arthur on October 21, 2022

The House GOP Judiciary Committee made much the same point on October 19th:

Anyhow, the yearly total is two million–plus.

According to America’s Voice, the numbers look like this:

Southwest border encounters reached a record of nearly 2.4 million for fiscal year 2022, according to new Customs and Border Protection data released late Friday.

In September, the number of migrant encounters at the border was 227,547, which represents a 12% increase over August.

”Of those, 19% involved individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 14% for FY2014-2019,” according to CBP’s monthly operational update for September.

”Almost three-fourths (71%) of all southwest land border encounters were single adults, with 161,381 encounters in September, a 15% increase compared to August,” the CBP reported. 

The total encounters border patrol had with migrants at the border during the fiscal year 2022 was 2,378,944. For comparison, 2021 was 1,734,686 and 2020 was 458,088, which was the last full fiscal year of former President Trump’s term. In 2019, there was 977,509. 

And this suppression of the numbers is important in the election because immigration isn’t just one issue, it affects all issues.

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