US Border Patrol Arrest Update Week of January 22 El Paso Sector Region


Arrests continue at a record pace within the region. present a Border Patrol and Immigration update for the weekend of January 22nd which shows lots of activities as well as released  highlights from the National CPB report that was released Friday.

Locally, agents from the Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces stations work together to disrupt smuggling organizations at Border Checkpoints. This weekend their collaborative efforts resulted in 13 foiled smuggling schemes with 76 smuggled migrants and 11 seized vehicles utilized in the smuggling schemes. Multiple drivers will face federal charges for 8 USC 1324.

Alien Smuggling Organizations (ASO) have no regard for human life and are very active across national borders. Smuggling and human trafficking is a serious problem. These ASOs endanger the lives of numerous individuals by smuggling them into the United States through subterranean storm drains within the City of El Paso and elsewhere. The El Paso Station Border Patrol and Immigration Agents recently encountered a total of eight people from Ecuador hiding inside a storm drain. The station activated its Confined Space Entry Team (CSET) and responded to the storm drain, safely extracting everyone. Station agents in completing the mission without injury.

Santa Teresa Station Border Patrol Agents apprehend a convicted child predator attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. The Guatemalan National had a previous 2nd degree felony conviction out of Palm Beach, Florida for Sex Offense Against a Child.

El Paso Sector Border Patrol Agents continue to disrupt Transnational Criminal Organizations operating in this region. Over the weekend, agents thwarted multiple smuggling schemes, intercepting 12 smugglers attempting to transport 40 smuggled migrants further into the United States.

Outstanding work by the El Paso Station Border Patrol Agents, with the assistance from our partners at the El Paso Police Department for exposing a stash house with 45 smuggled migrants. Each were processed in this partnership law enforcement effort.

The US Border Patrol and Immigration is working daily to address safety of the New Mexico and Texas Borderland via the El Paso sector station and satellite checkpoints around Texas, Southern New Mexico and beyond.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released operational statistics Friday for December 2022. Key highlights of interest to our readers includes…

“The December update shows our new border enforcement measures are working. Even as overall encounters rose because of smugglers spreading misinformation around the court-ordered lifting of the Title 42 public health order, we continued to see a sharp decline in the number of Venezuelans unlawfully crossing our southwest border, down 82% from September 2022,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller. “Early data suggests the expanded measures for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans are having a similar impact, and we look forward to sharing the additional data in the next update.

“Importantly, they are continuing to see a shifting migration pattern, with individuals from Mexico and northern Central America accounting for just 24% of unique encounters in December, a significant drop from the 42% they represented a year ago, as more migrants arrived from countries like Cuba and Nicaragua. This new migration challenge is not unique to the United States. There are 2.5 million Venezuelans now living in Colombia and 1.5 million in Peru; Brazil and Chile are hosting more than 350,000 Haitians, and the number of displaced Nicaraguans in Costa Rica has more than doubled in the last 12 months alone.

“December’s operational update also illustrate the dedication of the CBP workforce in seizing fentanyl and other contraband, and ensuring America’s economic security by facilitating travel and trade.”

CBP Southwest Border Enforcement Numbers for December 2022

In December, the large number of individuals fleeing failing communist regimes in Nicaragua and Cuba contributed to an increased number of migrants attempting to cross the border. Venezuelans, which previously constituted a part of that increase, continue to arrive at far lower numbers as a result of the migration enforcement process that includes expulsions to Mexico and lawful pathways. Venezuelans have dropped from roughly 1,100 a day the week before that process was announced, to roughly 100 a day consistently throughout December.

  • The number of unique individuals encountered on the southwest land border in December 2022 was 216,162, an 11 percent increase in the number of unique enforcement encounters from the prior month, driven largely by an increased number of individuals fleeing authoritarian regimes in Cuba and Nicaragua.
    • Of the total unique encounters at the Southwest Land Border in December 2022, 77,043 were from Cuba or Nicaragua, which represents 36% of unique encounters.
    • Individuals from Mexico and northern Central America accounted for 52,776 unique encounters in December 2022, which represents 24% of unique encounters and a 6% drop from December 2021. By comparison, Mexicans and Northern Central American migrants accounted for 42% of unique encounters in December 2021.

The Venezuelan migration enforcement process is working

  • September 2022 Southwest Land Border (SBO) Venezuelan encounters
    = 33,804
  • October 2022 Southwest Land Border (SBO) Venezuelan encounters
    = 22,045
  • November 2022 Southwest Land Border (SBO) Venezuelan encounters
    = 7,957
  • December 2022 Southwest Land Border (SBO) Venezuelan encounters
    = 8,130

CBP Nationwide Total Encounters for FY23TD through December: 863,929

  • The number of unique individuals encountered nationwide in December 2022 was 225,797, a 10 percent increase in the number of unique enforcement encounters than the prior month.
  • In total, there were 251,487 encounters along the southwest land border in December, a 7 percent increase compared to November. Of those, 14 percent involved individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 14 percent for FY2014-2019.
  • Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of all southwest land border encounters were single adults, with 161,808 encounters in December, a 2.3 percent increase compared to November.
  • 49,405 encounters, 20 percent of the total, were processed for expulsion under Title 42. 202,082encounters were processed under Title 8.
    • 41,246 encounters involving single adults (25 percent of all single adult encounters) were processed for expulsion under Title 42, with 120,562 processed under Title 8 (75 percent of all single adult encounters).
    • 7,932 encounters involving family unit individuals (10 percent of all family unit individuals) were processed for expulsion under Title 42, with, 69,156 processed under Title 8 (90 percent of all family unit individuals).

Unaccompanied Children

  • Encounters of unaccompanied children decreased 6.4 percent, with 12,298 encounters in December compared with 13,136 in November. In December, the average number of unaccompanied children in CBP custody was 570 per day, compared with an average of 597per day in November.

Family Unit individuals

  • Encounters of family unit individuals increased by 22 percent from 63,316 in November to 77,088 in December —which is a 12 percent decrease from the peak of 87,461 in August 2021.

Ongoing Migration Management Efforts

CBP continues to enforce U.S. immigration law and apply consequences to those without a legal basis to remain in the United States. Current restrictions at the U.S. border have not changed; single adults and families encountered at the Southwest border will continue to be expelled, where appropriate, under the CDC’s Title 42 Order. Once the Title 42 public health order is no longer in place, CBP will process individuals encountered at the border without a legal basis to enter or stay using its longstanding Title 8 authorities.

Under Title 8, those who attempt to enter the United States without authorization, and who are unable to establish a legal basis to remain in the United States will be quickly removed. Individuals who have been removed under Title 8 are also subject to additional long-term consequences beyond removal from the United States, including bars to future immigration benefits.

DHS has been executing a comprehensive and deliberate strategy to secure our borders and build a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system. The strategy is based on six pillars: surging resources; increasing efficiency to reduce strain on the border; employing an aggressive consequence regime; bolstering the capacity of NGOs and partner with state and local partners; going after cartels and smugglers; and working with our regional partners. This comprehensive plan leverages a whole-of-government approach to prepare for and manage the current and anticipated increases in encounters of noncitizens at our Southwest border.

One final note, CBP officers, Border Patrol agents, and Air and Marine Operations agents continue to interdict the flow of illicit narcotics across the border. Nationwide, drug seizures (Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Fentanyl, and Marijuana) by weight increase 17.5 percent in December compared to November. Seizures by weight were as follows:

  • Cocaine seizures increased 32 percent
  • Methamphetamine decreased 4 percent
  • Heroin seizures increased 1 percent
  • Fentanyl seizures increased 52 percent

From the reports of arrests and detentions within Otero County and the El Paso sector to include the highlights from the national report it’s obvious our Agents are busy.

Source: 2nd Life Media, US Border Patrol El Paso Sector and CPS Monthly update Release Date Fri, 01/20/2023 - 12:00

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