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Fox News reported that more than 73,000 illegal immigrants evaded Border Patrol agents in November. According to the new data, this would be the highest number ever recorded at the southern border.
“The number of ‘gotaways’ refers to the number of illegal immigrants who have evaded overwhelmed Border Patrol agents and have been detected by other forms of surveillance but not caught. It does not count those who were not spotted,” Fox News explained.
The November departure figure means more than 137,000 departures so far in the fiscal year, which began in October. Based on data obtained in recent months, there were nearly 600,000 departures in FY2022 and at least 389,155 departures at the border in FY2021.
November data reflects that there has been an average of at least 2,400 people evading Border Patrol every day. They also note that there have been at least 207,000 migrant encounters in November. “which would be significantly higher than the 174,000 encountered in November last year, and the 72,113 encountered in November 2020.”
The information comes after it was revealed that 2022 will be the deadliest year for migrants at the southern border. According to recent data, at least 853 migrants died in the past 12 months while attempting to cross the Mexican border undocumented. This according to data from social organizations to which EFE had access.
This figure exceeds the 546 deaths recorded in fiscal year 2021, and only includes migrants identified or processed in U.S. territory, i.e., it does not report those who have died in Mexican border territory.