Shortly after President Biden’s inauguration, the U.S. experienced a surge in illegal border crossings, and the situation has only worsened over his -month presidency. The chart below displays both illegal alien encounters recorded by the U.S. Border Patrol, which occur between ports of entry, and inadmissible alien encounters recorded by the Office of Field Operations, which occur at ports of entry.
Monthly Unlawful Entry Encounters
The number of inadmissible alien encounters at ports of entry is rising due to the Biden Administration directing illegal aliens to enter through them. The Administration is mass-paroling illegal aliens into the U.S. under the label of a “lawful pathway,” but neither the pathway nor the aliens using it are lawful.
Notes: Figures for the U.S. Border Patrol are illegal alien apprehension encounters, and figures for the Office of Field Operations are inadmissible encounters. This page was originally published on April 3, 2023.
Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, “Nationwide Encounters”.
Design and Development: Graphic produced by John W. Fleming and Jay Simon. Data compiled by Hannah Davis.