Adam Shaw et al., Fox News, December 6, 2023
Migrant encounters at the southern border hit the highest total for a single day ever recorded on Tuesday, marking yet another record broken as part of the ongoing migrant crisis which has hammered cities at both the border and across the country.
Multiple Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources told Fox News that there were over 12,000 migrant encounters on Tuesday. Over 10,200 of those were Border Patrol encounters of illegal immigrants coming between ports of entry.
That Border Patrol number is among the highest number of encounters ever recorded for the agency by itself but breaks a record when combined with the encounters by CBP’s Office of Field Operations at ports of entry.
As of Wednesday morning, the agency has over 22,000 migrants in custody, with several major Border Patrol sectors running heavily over capacity, sources said.
Fiscal Year 23 hit a new record of 2.4 million migrant encounters, with September hitting the highest monthly total ever recorded, with over 260,000 encounters. October saw slightly fewer with over 240,000 encounters, but that was still a record for October.
In recent weeks, the Tucson Sector in Arizona has been hard hit by a surge in migrant encounters with remote parts of the sector seeing massive amounts of migrants — including hundreds of adult male migrants from Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
The Tucson Sector saw nearly 3,000 encounters in a single day and has seen 17,500 encounters in a single week, the highest weekly total ever recorded.
Meanwhile, in the Del Rio Sector, which includes the traffic hotspot of Eagle Pass, there were over 3,300 illegal crossings in that sector alone.