U.S. Customs and Border Protection kicked FY2020 off with a bang at the border, apprehending a total of 45,250 illegal aliens trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully during the month of October.
That number’s down from the roughly 60,000 CBP nabbed in October of 2018.
Of the 45,250, about 35,000 were caught crossing between ports of entry. Another 9,800 or so were stopped at ports of entry.
But while CBP is still grappling with high numbers of families and unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border and overwhelming detention and processing facilities, more than half of those caught in October weren’t helpless women and children at all -- they were single adults crossing alone.
In fact, single adults made up 62 percent of all illegal aliens apprehended at the border, while a full two out of every three illegal aliens caught in between ports of entry were adults crossing without family members or children.
Although October’s apprehension numbers are down significantly over last year’s, it remains to be seen whether the trend will hold. In FY2019, which ended on Sept. 30, CBP apprehended a stunning 977,509 illegal aliens at or in between ports of entry, an 87 percent increase over the 521,090 illegal aliens caught the year before.