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Border patrol officers in El Paso, Texas have picked up five migrants from Turkey who were trying to enter the United States illegally – as officials say they see foreign nationals from dozens of countries arriving at the US-Mexico border.
El Paso border patrol chief agent Gloria Chavez announced that agents in Ysleta had intercepted the five Turkish nationals entering the United States illegally.
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She added that agents in the sector have so far arrested migrants of more than 45 nationalities.
“Border security is national security! She tweeted, accompanied by a graphic saying “Turkish Incursion”.
Officers had to deal with a constant and significant flow of migrants arriving at the border, mainly from Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries. But officers also encountered migrants from around the world trying to access the United States.
In FY2021, there have been 1,409 encounters with migrants from Turkey, up from 109 in FY2020. So far, in FY2022, there have been 957 meetings since October.
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During this time there were 2,588 Indian nationals met during fiscal year 2021, compared to 1,120 during fiscal year 2020. There were 450 meetings with Chinese nationals during fiscal year 2021, compared to 1,738 during fiscal year 2020.
There were 20,707 additional migrants in FY2021 listed as coming from “other” countries outside of those listed in CBP statistics, up from 7,047 in FY2020.
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CBP figures released earlier this month show agents reported 173,620 encounters to the southern border in November, a staggering 140% increase over the same period last year.
Fiscal 2021, which ended in September, saw the highest number of fixtures on record with over 1.7 million fixtures.