At Least 350,000 Got Away — But Probably Far, Far More

  • At least 1.78 million people were apprehended or evaded law enforcement after illegally entering Texas in fiscal 2022, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data obtained by The Center Square from a Border Patrol agent.
  • Texas saw over half of more than 3.3 million illegal entries reported by Border Patrol for all nine southwest border sectors in the fiscal year.
  • Border Patrol agents apprehended at least 1,428,108 foreign nationals and reported at least 353,606 known and recorded gotaways in the five Texas sectors of Big Bend, Del Rio, El Paso, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley.


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