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Rep. Cuellar’s Statement on CBP Southwest Land Border Encounters for the Month of February

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Henry Cuellar

Texas Border Business

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Laredo, TX – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Southwest Land Border Encounters in February 2021:

February CBP Encounters:

  • Total – 100,441
  • Unaccompanied Minors/Single Minors – 9,457
  • Family Unit Aliens – 19,246
  • Single Adults – 71,598

“In the month of February alone, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reporting that the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and Office of Field Operations (OFO) encountered 100,441 migrants seeking entry into the U.S. on our southern border. This is a dramatic increase from the 78,323 migrants encountered by CBP in the previous month.

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“In February, CBP components in Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley area had over 37,000 migrant encounters, quite an increase from over 26,306 encounters in January.

“The recent surge has overwhelmed CBP’s processing capacity in the Rio Grande Valley, forcing CBP to bus Unaccompanied Minors to Laredo and Del Rio, and fly family units to el Paso.

“We must protect our communities along the border and take proper precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19; however, we cannot do this without the federal, state, and local governments working together with our local nongovernmental organizations to provide emergency resources to properly support migrant children and families.

“We cannot wait – we must act now.”

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View Charts on CBP Enforcement Encounters from FY18-FY21 here.

Read the letter from President and CEO of Greyhound to Department of Homeland Security Secretary, expressing concerns about transporting migrants during the pandemic here.

View Greyhound’s map of migrant destinations in 2019 here.

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