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Border agents in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire have been busier than ever. According to the chief patrol agent of New England’s Swanton sector, Robert Garcia, agents have apprehended more than 12,000 undocumented immigrants from 85 countries in the first eight months of fiscal year 2024, which began last October. This number dwarfs the arrests made in previous years.

In 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 7,000 arrests, surpassing the combined total of the previous 11 years.

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In March, several members of Congress expressed concern about the unprecedented surge in apprehensions along the northern border. Some members accused Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of directing his agency to abandon its duty of protecting the nation’s sovereign borders.

Comparing the first four months of fiscal year 2023 to the same period in 2024, Border Patrol agents apprehended just over 2,200 undocumented immigrants in 2023. The number rose to more than 4,700 in 2024 — a 114% increase.

Lawmakers are calling this surge unsustainable and urging the administration to secure the border. They also raised concerns about fentanyl coming through the borders, noting that the amount seized this fiscal year at the northern border could kill more than 270 million people.

In April, Mayorkas testified in front of two congressional committees, emphasizing the need for additional funds and resources to secure the nation’s borders and calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.

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[LAUREN TAYLOR]

BORDER AGENTS IN THE NORTHEAST HAVE BEEN BUSIER THAN EVER BEFORE. 

AGENTS IN VERMONT, NEW YORK AND NEW HAMPSHIRE HAVE APPREHENDED  MORE THAN 12,000 UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS FROM 85 COUNTRIES IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF FISCAL YEAR 2024, WHICH STARTED LAST  OCTOBER. THAT ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF PATROL AGENT OF NEW ENGLAND’S SWANTON SECTOR.

THE NUMBER DWARFING THE NUMBERS OF ARRESTS IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

ACCORDING TO US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, LAST YEAR, SAW 7-THOUSAND ARRESTS – MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS 11 YEARS COMBINED.

IN MARCH, SEVERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WROTE A LETTER TO THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION CONCERNED “ABOUT THE UNPRECEDENTED SURGE IN APPREHENSIONS ALONG OUR NORTHERN BORDER” , ACCUSING  HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS OF DIRECTING HIS AGENCY “TO ABANDON ITS DUTY OF PROTECTING OUR SOVEREIGN BORDERS.”

THE LETTER NOTED THAT IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF FISCAL YEAR 2023, BORDER PATROL AGENTS APPREHENDED JUST OVER 22-HUNDRED UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS —  COMPARED TO MORE THAN 47-HUNDRED SUCH ARRESTS IN THE SAME TIME PERIOD OF 2024.

THE LAWMAKERS CALLING THE 114% INCREASE “UNSUSTAINABLE” AND CALLING ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO SECURE THE BORDER. 

LAWMAKERS ALSO SHARED CONCERNS OF FENTANYL POURING OVER OUR BORDERS, SAYING,  “THE AMOUNT OF FENTANYL SEIZED THIS FISCAL YEAR TO DATE AT THE NORTHERN BORDER IS ENOUGH TO KILL MORE THAN 270 MILLION PEOPLE.”

MAYORKAS TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF TWO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES IN APRIL SAYING THAT DHS NEEDS MORE FUNDS AND RESOURCES TO SECURE THE NATION’S BORDERS AND CALLED ON CONGRESS TO PASS IMMIGRATION REFORM.

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