Border Patrol agents in Texas have apprehended almost 485,000 migrants who crossed the border from Mexico into the state’s five border sectors since the start of Fiscal Year 23 on Oct 1, 2022, according to a Breitbart report.
This represents almost 64% of all migrant crossings along the southwest border with Mexico.
During the first four months of this fiscal year, agents in the El Paso, Big Bend, Del Rio, Laredo, and Rio Grande Valley sectors detained 484,527 migrants who crossed from Mexico, up 21% from the same period in the previous fiscal year when agents encountered 400,219 migrants.
While the Texas-based border sectors experienced a significant increase in apprehensions, three of the five sectors actually reported significant decreases in apprehensions.
The El Paso and Del Rio sectors, on the other hand, reported very consequential increases, making up for these decreases.
The El Paso Sector reported the largest increase in both the number of apprehensions and the percentage of increases.
El Paso agents apprehended 192,329 migrants in four months, up 187% from the same period last year when agents apprehended only 67,048.
The Del Rio Sector also reported a significant increase in apprehensions, as agents took 171,017 migrants into custody after they crossed from Mexico during the four-month period.
This is up from the 122,853 migrants apprehended during the same period last year, an increase of 39.2%.
In contrast, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and Big Bend sectors all reported decreases in apprehensions ranging from 41 to 60%.
The most significant decrease in terms of the number of apprehensions came in the Rio Grande Valley Sector where agents apprehended 167,461 last year but only 99,172 this year, a 40.8% decrease.
The demographic makeup of those apprehended was also reported. Single adults made up the largest component, accounting for 337,032 of the 484,5527 migrant apprehensions, representing an increase of 29.4%.
Family unit apprehensions also increased slightly as agents apprehended 112,480 migrants in this demographic category, an increase of 9%.
The only demographic that fell in the number of apprehensions was unaccompanied migrant children, with agents apprehending 35,015 traveling without a parent or guardian, a 4.2% decrease, Breitbart notes.