Two Months Post-Election, Illegal Border Crossings Are On the Rise

Brittany M. Hughes | January 5, 2021
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It’s been roughly two months since the November election, and already, the number of illegal aliens caught attempting to cross the Southwest U.S. border illegally is on the rise.

According to the latest data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, both the first two months of FY2021 – October and November – saw higher numbers of illegal aliens apprehended at the border than any single month during all of FY2020, when the coronavirus shuttered borders around the world and may have contributed to the decreased flow of illegal aliens crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

In October, CBP reports 70,539 illegal aliens were caught attempting to cross the U.S. border illegally, the vast majority - 86 percent, in fact - being single adults crossing without children. 

In November, another 70,052 illegal aliens were caught.

By comparison, the highest single-month total during all of FY2020 was in September, when 57,674 illegal aliens were apprehended. In fact, single-month apprehension totals haven’t been this high since July of 2019, when just under 82,000 border-crossers were caught in one month alone.

CBP has yet to release December’s apprehension total, so it remains to be seen whether the November election of President-elect Joe Biden – who’s promised to be far more lenient toward illegal aliens who enter the U.S. unlawfully and who has repeatedly rejected the notion of a border wall to prevent illegal crossings, human trafficking and drug smuggling – will have a consistently negative impact on border security.

But if the first two months of this fiscal year are any indication, we’re not trending in a good direction. 

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