Border Agents Encounter 200,000 Migrants in August as Crisis Drags On

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Central American migrants, who were airlifted from Brownsville to El Paso, Texas, and expelled walk towards Mexico escorted by U.S. Border Patrol agents on the Lerdo Stanton International Bridge, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, August 17, 2021. (Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)

Border agents encountered over 200,000 migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border during the month of August.

Agents encountered 208,887 migrants in August, the second consecutive month with over 200,000 encounters, a senior Department of Homeland Security official told Fox News on Wednesday. Agents saw 212,672 migrants in July, the first time in 21 years that encounters rose above 200,000.

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The number of migrants apprehended in August increased 317 percent from August 2020, when Customs and Border Protection reported 50,014 encounters, and a 233 percent increase from August 2019, when 62,707 migrants were apprehended.

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