May Marked a Record-Smashing Month For Illegal Border Crossings

Brittany M. Hughes | June 16, 2022
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The flood across the Southwest border has only picked up in the July swelter, with record numbers of illegal aliens crossing into the United States in droves despite the danger of heat and the raging current of the Rio Grande - a threat that's already claimed the life of one U.S. National Guardsman this year.

A record-shattering 239,416 illegal aliens were caught trying to unlawfully cross the U.S.-Mexico border in May alone. More than 222,000 were nabbed by U.S. border patrol, meaning they attempted to cross between official ports of entry.

May marks the highest total number of border crossings in recorded history, beating out April’s previous record of 234,088 apprehensions. According to Fox News’ Bill Melugin, fewer than 101,000 of those illegal aliens – or about 42 percent – were expelled via the Trump administration’s Title 42, which allows for some migrants to be immediately deported in the interest of public health.

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With four months left to go in FY2022, so far, 1,536,899 illegal aliens have been caught trying to cross the Southwest U.S. border illegally, 1.44 million of whom crossed between ports of entry.