Approximately 239,416 illegal immigrants were arrested trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in May, the highest number of border apprehensions ever recorded by the U.S. government.
That two-decade high beats out the previous records of 221,303 southwest border apprehensions documented in March of 2022, the 234,088 arrests recorded in April of 2022, and the 220,063 noted in March 2000 when U.S. Border Patrol first began tracking arrests.
Since the beginning of the 2022 fiscal year in October, border officials have logged at least 1.5 million arrests. That sharp increase in apprehensions puts the U.S. on track to see more than 2 million arrests at the Southwest border by the end of the fiscal year in September.
One glance at the CBP’s “Southwest Land Border Encounters By