U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced on Tuesday that Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 92,000 migrants after they illegally crossed between points of entry in March. The apprehensions represent a 35 percent increase over February’s numbers. So far this fiscal year, Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 385,000 migrants.
During a briefing hosted by CBP Office of Public Affairs, United States Border Patrol Chief Law Enforcement Operations Directorate Brian Hastings told reporters that during March, Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 92,000 migrants. This is up from nearly 66,450 in February — a 35 percent increase. When compared to the first six months of Fiscal Year 2018, FY2019 has seen a greater than 100 percent increase, he stated. So far this year, Border Patrol agents apprehended more migrants than in all of FY 2017.
The massive number of apprehensions in March follows February’s Southwest Border Migration Report showing more than 66,000 migrants apprehended after illegally crossing the border between ports of entry. February’s report indicated the highest number of apprehensions in more than 12 years, officials said.
Of the more than 92,000 migrants apprehended after illegally crossing the border, 33,000 were Family Unit Aliens, 8,900 were Unaccompanied Alien Children, and 30,000 were single adults.
Hastings reported that Family Unit Alien apprehensions for this fiscal year are up 375 percent over the previous year’s numbers.
Due to overcrowding, Border Patrol officials directly began releasing non-criminal migrants on their own recognizance to NGOs or to bus stations. Since the new policy began on March 19, Hastings said that more than 11,000 have been released. All migrants undergo a criminal background and medical check prior to being released.