Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, October 31, 2023
Border Patrol observed but was unable to arrest more than 600,000 immigrants who illegally entered the United States over the past year, in addition to the 2 million people that agents were able to apprehend and arrest, according to a Biden administration official.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the Senate Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of immigrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico or Canada in fiscal 2023 got away without being encountered, screened, or vetted.
“That number is over 600,000,” Mayorkas told Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.
U.S. Border Patrol agents and cameras on the border observed and tracked 600,000 unidentified people who slipped into the country between October 2022 and September 2023, but overworked agents were unable to track down and apprehend everyone.