U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released the border numbers for August —more than 203,000 migrant encounters were logged at the southern border. The number is up from the 199K logged in July.

According to Fox News, “of the 203,598, officials said 157, 921 were unique migrant encounters, with the rest attributed to those who had multiple encounters with officials and had been expelled or deported.”

From Fox News:

According to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data, encounters with migrants from Mexico and Central America were down for the third month in a row, accounting for just 36% of unique encounters, while 55,333 unique encounters were from the totalitarian regimes of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, a 175% increase over last year.

The Biden administration has been fending off significant criticism from Republicans over its handling of the raging crisis at the southern border. There have now been over two million encounters this fiscal year, in addition to the more than 1.7 million encounters last fiscal year.

The numbers represent not just an increase over July, but a 329% increase to the Trump-era average for August encounters at the border. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) shared the statistic on Twitter, doubling down on calls to flood liberal enclaves with illegal migrants.

“Democrats need to live with the consequences of open borders. 200,000 illegal aliens need to flood the communities of Martha’s Vineyard, Rehoboth Beach, Palo Alto, and Nantucket,” Cruz tweeted.

“Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border,” said CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Border Patrol Union has concerns that this many migrants can’t be properly screened.

“We see the same reports you do about a dictator emptying his prisons and sending them to the U.S. We will say this,” the union said on Twitter. “Biden has no clue what’s actually coming in. There is absolutely no way to properly vet 2,100,000 people in a mad rush to the border this year. This is all on him.”

More over at Fox News:

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