Migrant apprehensions at the border continue to fall after Title 42
Apprehension of migrants crossing borders between ports of entry continues to decrease after Title 42 ended on May 11. Over the past three days, officers have apprehended about 2,900 a day. This is down from a daily arrest of more than 9,000 a day in the last 42 days of the title.
Despite warnings from the Department of Homeland Security that migrant arrests could soar to as many as 18,000 a day after Title 42 ended, the number of actual arrests actually dropped dramatically. U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted Monday that officers had apprehended just 8,750 people in the previous three days.
Last 72 hours…
– 2 officers assaulted
– 8,750 arrests
– 3,441 approx. Getaways
– 1,000 pounds. liquid methamphetamine
– 97 lbs. Marijuana
– 36 pounds of cocaine
– 7 books. Fentanyl
– 5 guns
– 3 sex offenders
– 2 warrants
– 1 gang member
We also performed 112 rescues!
Well done! pic.twitter.com/yIEbQDwxPm
— Chief Raul Ortiz (@USBPChief) May 22, 2023
On May 10, the arrest of migrants who crossed between ports of entry peaked at more than 10,600, Breitbart Texas reported. As of May 21, the number of arrests has fallen to 2,898 (down 73%), according to a police source.
Over the past few days, the Del Rio sector has regained the top spot in terms of migrant apprehensions, Breitbart reported Sunday. This remained consistent with migrants apprehended on Sunday as Del Rio officers apprehended 1,069 migrants. This represents nearly 38% of all migrant arrests on May 21. Officers in the Del Rio area apprehended 5,007 migrants in the past five days, the law enforcement source said.
Over the weekend, Del Rio officers found two abandoned children in the care of a group of migrants who had just crossed from Mexico to Texas. The migrants told officers they found an abandoned young girl and toddler on a road in Mexico and brought them across the Rio Grande to Texas.
Eagle Pass officers encountered two children who had previously been found by a group of migrants in Mexico abandoned on the side of the road. Luckily the children were unharmed on their journey and they were brought to safety by our amazing Border Patrol agents. pic.twitter.com/EE22Pu9KHr
– Chief Patrol Officer Jason D. Owens (@USBPChiefDRT) May 21, 2023
In addition to the 8,750 migrants apprehended in the past three days, Chief Ortiz reported that an additional 3,441 migrants have been classified as escapees. These are migrants who are believed to have crossed the border and not been apprehended. These escapades represent more than 28% of the 12,195 known cross-border commuters.
Bob Price is associate editor and main contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What are you getting at? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.