Border arrests soar to highest ever recorded levels, report

U.S. authorities reportedly detained a record 1.7 million-plus illegal migrants at the southern U.S. border in fiscal 2021.

The number was first reported Wednesday by The Washington Post, based on unpublished Customs and Border Patrol data. 

The CBP is expected to release the final fiscal 2021 data later this week. 

A flood of illegal migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border began soon after President Biden took office in January and remains high. The administration argued the early surge was consistent with historical seasonal trends. However, the report shows the high numbers continued through the sweltering summer months.
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