The latest figures from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show that the federal agency has already recorded over one million encounters with illegal migrants since October 1, when fiscal year 2024 began.
This is the fastest timeframe that one million encounters have ever been recorded in America’s history.
The number is roughly 100,000 encounters higher than the same period last year.
In early February 2023, the U.S. had recorded 908,000 encounters for the fiscal year.
The U.S. is also tracking a higher number of Chinese migrants crossing the border.
Chinese illegal immigrants made up the fastest-growing group of border crossers last year.
Fiscal year 2024 is already on track to shatter that record.
The CBP encountered over 37,000 Chinese migrants last year.
However, they have already encountered nearly 20,000 since October.
The CBP says agents have encountered roughly 150 Chinese migrants per day this fiscal year.
The news comes just after a “bipartisan border bill” crashed and burned in Congress this week.
The so-called “border security” bill allocates a staggering $60 billion to fund Ukraine’s endless war with Russia but offers nothing for border wall construction.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other critics of the bill argued that it would “normalize” 5,000 border encounters each day.
“That works out to 1.8 million a year,” Cruz told Fox News on Tuesday.
“That works out to about 6 million illegal immigrants over the three years of Biden….
“So the idiotic Republican proposal was let’s be for two-thirds of the border invasion that Biden has allowed.”
The House of Representatives also failed to impeach Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a vote on Tuesday.
The House voted mostly along party lines.
However, Republicans suffered a number of defections that torpedoed the 216-214 vote.
Four Republicans ultimately voted no:
- Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)
- Ken Buck (R-CO)
- Mike Gallagher (R-WI)
- Blake Moore (R-UT)
Moore switched his vote at the last minute in a procedural move to be able to bring the resolution back to the floor.
Lawmakers voted on a resolution combining two articles of impeachment that accused Mayorkas of having “refused to comply with Federal immigration laws” and the other of having violated “public trust.”
A Cabinet secretary has not been impeached since 1876, when Secretary of War William Belknap was impeached.
In recent months, border crossings have set several records.
December saw 302,000 migrant encounters alone, the highest total for a single month ever recorded.
It was also the first time a monthly total had exceeded 300,000.