A record number of 96,917 Indians were arrested while illegally crossing into the US between October 2022 and September 2023, according to the latest US Customs and Border Protection (UCBP) data.
The number of Indians caught illegally crossing the US border has reportedly increased fivefold in recent years.
19,883 Indians were arrested in 2019-20. According to the data, while 30,662 Indians were arrested in 2020-21, the number was 63,927 in 2021-22.
Of the 96,917 Indians arrested between October 2022 and September this year, 30,010 were apprehended at the Canadian border and 41,770 at the Mexican border.
Those arrested are classified into four categories: Accompanied Minors (AM), Individuals in the Family Unit (FMUA), Single Adults, and Unaccompanied Minors (UC).
Single adults make up the largest category. In fiscal year 2023, 84,000 Indian adults crossed into the US illegally. There were 730 unaccompanied children among those arrested.
The U.S. federal government’s fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.
Meanwhile, Sen. James Lankford told the Senate floor Thursday that these people took about four flights, including to countries like France, to get to Mexico, the nearest airport, and then took a bus rented by the cartels to the border. They will be dropped off for their final delivery.
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