The Border Patrol made 164,973 apprehensions of undocumented immigrants in February of this year, an increase of 6% compared to the previous month and 73% over February 2021, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported Tuesday.
The federal agency explained that the large number of removals during the pandemic has contributed to a higher than the usual number of migrants attempting multiple border crossings.
The number of undocumented immigrants apprehended by CBP nationwide in February was 116,678, an increase of 2% over apprehensions in January.
Thirty percent of the apprehensions involved a person who had already been apprehended at least once in the previous 12 months, which compares to an average rate of a 14 percent recapture between fiscal 2014 and 2019.
At least 126,150 apprehensions (76%) involved adults making the crossing unaccompanied, marking an 11% increase over January, CBP added.
And at least 91,500 apprehensions (55% of the total) led to expedited removal proceedings under Title 42.
The number of apprehensions of unaccompanied immigrant minors rose 37% in February to 12,011 apprehensions compared to 8,760 in January.
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