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Unlawful border crossings hit high for the year with over 200,000 apprehensions in September

Unlawful border crossings hit high for the year with over 200,000 apprehensions in September
9 months 1 week 3 days ago Monday, October 02 2023 Oct 2, 2023 October 02, 2023 5:29 PM October 02, 2023 in News - Immigration / Borderwall
Source: CNN
Migrants, who were stranded a day earlier near Villa Ahumada and who are seeking asylum in the United States, cross the Rio Bravo river, as seen from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico on September 30. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters
Originally Published: 02 OCT 23 10:11 ET

Washington (CNN) — Border Patrol apprehended more than 200,000 migrants crossing the US-Mexico border unlawfully in September, according to a Homeland Security official, marking the highest total this year and underscoring the ongoing challenges for the Biden administration amid mass migration in the region.

Federal authorities are grappling with a new surge of migrants which has strained federal resources and fueled concerns in cities nationwide. Last month’s border arrests mark an increase from August, when Border Patrol arrested around 181,000 migrants crossing between ports of entry. It’s the highest total since December, when Border Patrol apprehended more than 222,000 migrants.

CNN reached out US Customs and Border Protection for comment.

Migrant crossings at the US-Mexico border are expected to remain high in the near term, a senior US Customs and Border Protection official recently told CNN, noting that additional commitments from Mexico are expected to help eventually drive down numbers.

This week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, along with Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland and White House Homeland Security adviser Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall will meet with their Mexican counterparts in Mexico City for annual security talks.

Migration is expected to be a topic of discussion. Senior administration officials maintain that the US has been in regular touch with Mexico over the situation at the US southern border, including commitments to shore up enforcement.

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