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US-Mexico border witnesses record high migrant encounter in February

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NEW DELHI: The United States’ southern frontier set a record for migrant encounters in February, with 1,89,922 attempted crossings, as per the recent new Customs and Border Patrol data.
The figure breaks the previous February record of 1,66,010 encounters, set in 2022, and 1,56,000 in the same month last year.
It includes Border Patrol concerns and interactions at formal ports of entry, but do not include an estimate of how many migrants cross the southern border undetected.
So far this fiscal year, which began on October 1, 70 migrants on the FBI terror watchlist have attempted to enter the nation illegally, 11 of them did so in February, NewYork Post reported.
When the Northern Border is included, there were 2,56,000 border interactions in February, an increase of almost 13,000 from the previous month.
Border Patrol arrests accounted for approximately 1,40,000 of the nearly 1,90,000 interactions along the southern border.
The figure remained significantly below December’s record-breaking 3,71,000 national migrant interactions.
A separate Biden Administration project is facilitating entry into the US for undocumented migrants from Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
Nearly 4,00,000 migrants from those countries have already entered the country, with many heading to Florida.

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