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August Border Encounters Of More Than 322,000, Highest Monthly Total In U.S. History

Fiscal year to date, nearly 2.9 million total illegal border crossers have been encountered, according to CBP data, the highest number in U.S. history.

  • Total encounters reported at the United States’ northern and southwest land borders in August was 304,162, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. It is the greatest total number of illegal entries of any month in recorded U.S. history, according to CBP data.
  • Total encounter data excludes nearly 30,000 gotaways at the southwest border reported by Border Patrol agents last month. It excludes gotaways reported by Office of Field Operations agents at the southwest border and all gotaway data from the northern border.
  • More than 1.6 million so-called “gotaways” have been reported illegally entering at the southern border alone since January 2021.
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