WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released operational statistics for October 2022.

CBP Southwest Border Enforcement Numbers for October 2022

The large number of individuals fleeing failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba is contributing to an increased number of migrants attempting to cross the border.

Monthly Southwest Border Encounters:
September 2022 Southwest Land Border (SBO) Venezuelan encounters = 33,804
October 2022 Southwest Land Border (SBO) Venezuelan encounters = 22,044

The total number of unique Southwest Border encounters in October 2022 was 185,527, a 1.5% increase over the prior month, driven by an increased number of asylum seekers fleeing authoritarian regimes in Cuba and Nicaragua.

Of the unique SW Border encounters in October 2022, 69,960 were from Venezuela, Cuba, or Nicaragua, which represents 38% of unique encounters and a 149% increase over October 2021. By comparison, Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua migrants accounted for 24% of unique encounters in October 2021.

Individuals from Mexico and northern Central America accounted for 60,824 unique encounters in October 2022, which represents 33% of unique encounters and a 12% drop from October 2021. By comparison, Mexicans and Northern Central American migrants accounted for 60% of unique encounters in October 2021.

The number of unique individuals encountered nationwide in October 2022 was 196,479, a 2.9% increase in the number of unique enforcement encounters than the prior month.
In total, there were 230,678 encounters along the southwest land border in October, a 1.3% increase compared to September. Of those, 19% involved individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 14% for FY2014-2019.
69% of all southwest land border encounters were single adults, with 158,639 encounters in October, a 1.7% decrease compared to September.
78,477 encounters, 34% of the total, were processed for expulsion under Title 42. 152,201 encounters were processed under Title 8.
71,865 encounters involving single adults (45% of all single adult encounters) were processed for expulsion under Title 42, with 86,774 processed under Title 8.
6,409 encounters involving family unit individuals (11% of all family unit individuals) were processed for expulsion under Title 42, with 53,348 processed under Title 8.

Unaccompanied Children

Encounters of unaccompanied children increased 1.1%, with 12,034 encounters in October compared with 11,900 in September. In October, the average number of unaccompanied children in CBP custody was 491 per day, compared with an average of 485 per day in September.

Family Unit individuals

Encounters of family unit individuals increased by 11% from 54,079 in September to 59,757 in October —which is a 31% decrease from the peak of 86,631 in August 2021.   back...