January 2022, Volume 28, Number 1
The Border Patrol encountered 200,000 unauthorized foreigners a month or 6,700 a day in summer 2021
A record 1.7 million foreigners were encountered just inside the US border with Mexico in FY21, surpassing the 1.6 million apprehended in FY00. Of those encountered in FY21, 64 percent were solo adults, 28 percent were adults with children, and eight percent were unaccompanied children under 18, and they included 608,000 Mexicans, 309,000 Hondurans, 279,000 Guatemalans, and 96,000 Salvadorans. There were 367,000 other foreigners, including Haitians, Venezuelans, Ecuadorans, Cubans, and Brazilians. Some 61 percent of all persons encountered in FY21 were returned to Mexico under Title 42 of the Public Health Act, including a quarter of the family units but none of the unaccompanied children.