Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, September 19, 2023
Illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border are spiking this month, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountering far more migrants per day than during the summer months.
According to CBP data reported by NBC News, border officials encountered more than 7,500 migrants on Sunday alone, including 1,800 in Rio Grande Valley, Texas; 1,600 in Del Rio, Texas; 1,500 in Tucson, Arizona, and more than 1,000 in El Paso, Texas.
Border crossings have risen week after week through September following a summer lull, though traffic is still below May’s record of 10,000 per day. President Biden’s administration had touted the summer’s lower numbers as proof that its border policies were working.
Fox News obtained drone footage of more than 2,200 migrants crossing the border near Eagle Pass, Texas, early Monday morning.
Sunday’s 7,500 number comes after July saw an average of 4,300 daily crossings.