The Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported this Friday that US authorities made 283,189 arrests of undocumented immigrants in November, more than 80% of them at the country’s southwest border.
There were 233,740 arrests of aliens on that border from Texas to California. This figure shows an increase of 1% compared to October.
Two-thirds (67%) of all apprehensions at the country’s southwest land border in November were single adults (157,202), down 1.3% from the previous month.
The admission of minor migrants traveling alone increased by 9.4% with 13,150 encounters in November as compared to 12,024 in October.
In November, the average number of unaccompanied children in CBP custody was 597 per day, compared to 491 per day in October.
The number of households that turned themselves into CBP also increased in November (63,163), up 5.6% from the previous month (59,805).
Of aliens apprehended at the Southwest border in November, 16% were people who had crossed the border at least once before and were apprehended by CBP agents in the past 12 months.
The number of migrants detained for the first time reached 204,155, up 4% from the previous month.
Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement that people from Mexico and northern Central America accounted for only 30% of the apprehensions of migrants who entered the country for the first time in November.
“This is a significant 53% drop from what they represented a year ago, as more migrants arrive from Cuba and several other countries, including Nicaragua,” he deepened.
26% of detained immigrants (66,984) were processed under Title 42, a rule that allows immediate removal of foreigners for health reasons.
In the last week of November and so far into December, the southwest border has seen a surge in migrant arrivals due to a federal judge’s ruling that paved the way for the repeal of Title 42, whose future is now in the hands of US Supreme Court because of a lawsuit by Red States.