Over 1 Million People Entered U.S. Illegally in First Six Months of 2021

Total greater than tenth largest U.S. city, individual populations of nine states and District of Columbia

(The Center Square, Bethany Blankley) – More than 1.1 million people entered the U.S. illegally who were processed by Border Patrol from January through July of this year, enough to create the tenth largest city in the U.S. and more than each of the populations of nine states.

Currently, the tenth largest city is San Jose, California, with a population of 1.03 million.

To date, the number is also greater than each of the populations of Wyoming (581,075), Vermont (623,251), Alaska (724,357), North Dakota (770,026), South Dakota (896,581), Delaware (990,334), Rhode Island (1,061,509), Montana (1,085,004) and the District of Columbia (714,153).

If nothing changes, and the numbers continue at the current pace, those entering the southern border illegally will total close to that of the fourth largest city of Houston, with a population of 2.3 million, a population greater than 15 states and the District of Columbia.

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These numbers exclude the estimated 30,000 to 50,000 who reportedly evade capture every month.

In July, more than 210,000 people entered the U.S. through the Southwest border, an increase from 188,829 in June – primarily through the Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio sectors of Texas.

In the Rio Grande Valley sector, described as the “epicenter of the current surge,” Border Patrol agents stopped roughly 78,000 people in July, up from 59,380 in June and 51,149 in May. These numbers exclude the tens of thousands who have evaded capture.

According to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the daily average encountered by Border Patrol was 6,779, including 616 unaccompanied children and 2,583 family units.

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In July, roughly 19,000 unaccompanied children came through, surpassing the previously highest recorded number in March of 18,877. In June, 15,253 unaccompanied children entered the U.S. illegally.

In July, the second-highest number of families in recorded history – 80,000 – came through, up from 55,805 in June. The highest number, 88,857, entered in May 2019.

Border Patrol officials say their facilities are strained with 17,778 people in custody as of Sunday alone, with the Rio Grande Valley sector holding 10,002.

July’s preliminary total of 210,000 is the highest number of people recorded entering the U.S. illegally in over 20 years. Since January, Border Patrol has found that people have come from over 150 countries.

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