Record 2.4 million migrants illegally crossed border in FY2022, almost 4 million total under Biden

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

Updated: October 22, 2022 - 12:06am

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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.  

There have been a total of 4,113,630 encounters at the border since the start of fiscal year 2021. Under President Biden's term beginning in January 2021, specifically, there have been 3,895,594.