U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made the highest number of illegal immigrant arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border ever recorded in the last year, according to a report.
As-yet unpublished CBP data reported by the Washington Post indicates more than 1.7 million border arrests were made in the 2021 fiscal year, which ended in September. The surge of illegal immigration began last year but reached its peak in July and August, when more than 200,000 migrants were taken into custody by U.S. law enforcement each month.
Arrests made in the last fiscal year break a record set in 1986, when President Ronald Reagan signed a sweeping immigration reform bill that granted amnesty and a pathway to U.S. citizenship for migrants who entered the country illegally before 1982. In that year, Border Patrol made 1.69 million arrests, the Post reported.