Border Agents Caught 171,000 Illegal Aliens In March Alone - Highest Monthly Total Since 2006

Brittany M. Hughes | April 6, 2021
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Border agents apprehended a stunning 171,000 illegal aliens crossing the border unlawfully last month alone, as immigration officials struggle under a seemingly endless wave of illegal migration spurred by President Joe Biden’s open-border policies.

The March total marks the highest single-month apprehension total since 2006, and dwarfs the roughly 36,000 illegal aliens who were apprehended in March of last year under President Donald Trump.

Including the March totals, CBP data indicates roughly 570,000 illegal aliens have been apprehended in FY2021, which began Oct 1 - far more than the 458,000 caught in all of FY2020.

Related: Report: Border Agents To Begin Releasing Illegal Aliens Without a Notice to Appear In Court

While 171,000 illegal aliens is a shockingly high number in an of itself, it doesn’t include the thousands of illegal aliens who are crossing the border uncaught. Earlier this month, border agents estimated that roughly 1,000 illegal aliens are unlawfully entering the country every day unpursued as immigration officials focus on dealing with the massive influx of families and unaccompanied children currently overwhelming resources and maxing out border facilities.

The problem has gotten so bad, border agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector say they’re turning illegal aliens loose into the country without even so much as a notice to appear in court because there’s no space in border facilities to process them, while multiple overflow facilities have been opened in convention centers, military bases and stadiums to house thousands of unaccompanied minors. On top of completely disregarding U.S. immigration law, this new method leaves it up to the illegal alien to reach out to an attorney and set up their own immigration hearing whenever they get where they’re going.

And the influx isn’t expected to stop anytime soon. Immigration officials say they expect more than 1 million illegal aliens – including some 184,000 unaccompanied children and teens – to cross the border this year alone, marking a 20-year high.