Illegal immigration increases in February, new border figures reveal

The number of illegal immigrants encountered at the nation’s borders in February remained at the highest levels seen in national history, increasing slightly to more than a quarter million people encountered.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection data released Friday afternoon revealed 256,094 non-U.S. citizens were encountered attempting to enter the United States last month, up from 242,521 in January but down from 370,899 in December 2023.

The uptick comes at a time when the Biden administration is facing calls for retribution from House Republicans infuriated over the three-year border crisis and impeached Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is awaiting a Senate trial.

“We continue to experience serious challenges along our border which surpass the capacity of the immigration system,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of CBP Commissioner Troy A. Miller in a
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