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Apprehensions at the Border Dropped 15% This Fall, Highlighting Mexico’s Role in Stopping Migrants


Data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows that the number of individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border fell by 15% from September to October, with the agency reporting nearly 27,000 fewer apprehensions than the previous month.


October marks the third straight month of falling apprehensions, following a peak in July 2021. However, overall apprehensions remain historically high, and thousands of asylum seekers are still trapped in Mexico without any chance to seek asylum here.


The number of apprehensions isn’t the only factor that’s changing. Which people make it to the U.S. border—whether apprehended or not—has also changed, in large part due to Mexico’s shifting policies on migrants.


Border Sees Big Drop in Families, Small Drop in Single Adults

In addition to an overall drop in apprehensions, the number of asylum-seeking families arriving at the border also fell by 33% last month, dropping from 62,577 in September to 41,487. The number of unaccompanied children encountered at the border also fell, dropping to 12,640, the lowest monthly total since February. However, the number of single adults only fell by 4%, and remained higher than August numbers.


Migration from the “Northern Triangle” countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador continued to fall in October, while migration from Mexico increased slightly.

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