David McNew / Getty ImagesA Border Patrol agent searches for tracks near the US-Mexico border fence on July 30, 2009, near the rural town of Campo, some 60 miles east of San Diego, California. (David McNew / Getty Images)
U.S. border authorities stopped people entering the country illegally from Mexico more than 69,000 times in October, the sixth straight monthly increase and the highest level since July 2019.
Mark Morgan, acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said deteriorating economic conditions were driving more people to come to the United States.
There have also been large numbers of repeat crossers since March, when U.S. authorities began expelling people entering the country illegally without an opportunity to seek asylum due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mexicans and many Central Americans are sent back to Mexico, the vast majority within two hours.
Recidivism rates — or the percentage of people caught who