The number of Third Worlders who were arrested while illegally entering the United States via the Southwest border in November reached 47,214—or 1,574 every day, according to data released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The invasion numbers have been steadily rising since July, but November’s totals were the highest seen at the U.S.–Mexico border since June 2014, when 57,862 invaders were arrested while crossing the border.
According to a CBP statement, November’s figures are an increase from October’s 46,191 and September’s 39,501.
“In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, USBP apprehended 408,870 individuals along our southwest border, compared to 331,333 in FY15, and 479,371 in FY14,” the CBP said.
Included in the latest data was a record high 15,573 “family units” (or adults traveling with children) intercepted at the border, 2,455 more than the previous month.
November’s family unit levels were also 140.7 percent higher than November of last year, and 544.8 percent higher than November of 2014.
The total number of “family units” apprehended during the first two months of this fiscal year—28,691—has dwarfed the Fiscal Year 2013 when just 14,855 family units were apprehended over that entire year.
The number of unaccompanied minors (UACs) CBP apprehended at the border last month also saw an increase of 684, reaching 7,406 UACs, the highest level since June 2014, when 10,620 UACs were apprehended at the border.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues to see increases in migration along the Southwest Border during fiscal year 2017,” the CBP statement said.
“This includes family units and unaccompanied children from Central America, Haitian nationals migrating from Brazil, and Cuban nationals.”
The agency added it is continuing “to maintain a strong security posture through background checks of all individuals encountered and ensures that each person is processed in accordance with U.S. immigration laws and DHS policy.”
In response to the increased number of individuals apprehended between ports of entry or encountered at ports of entry, CBP opened temporary holding facilities in Tornillo and Donna, Texas, capable of holding 500 people each.
The facilities are providing additional space for those in CBP custody awaiting transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for processing, detention, and/or removal, or to the Department of Health and Human Services.
CBP is prepared to add housing, beds, toilets, and bathing facilities as necessary. CBP is addressing this migratory surge along the Southwest border, the statement said.
In addition, USBP has temporarily deployed 150 agents to the Rio Grande Valley. USBP continues to utilize a threat-based and intelligence-driven enforcement strategy to identify high-risk areas and flows, targeting responses, and deploying resources and capabilities in the most effective and efficient manner.
In recent months, the Office of Field Operations (OFO) has also “registered increasing numbers of inadmissible Cubans, Haitians and, most recently, family units primarily from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador at land ports of entry,” the statement continued.