Border Patrol: We’ve Now Arrested Over 1,000 African Migrants at Southern Border

Border Patrol: We’ve Now Arrested Over 1,000 African Migrants at Southern Border

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) provided an update on its recent apprehensions at the southern border, which include over 1,000 migrants from various African countries in less than two months — and that is in just one sector.

"U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have arested over 1,100 people from countries in Africa since May 30," CBP revealed ina press release Friday.

"The apprehension of people from African countries illegally crossing our borders continues to increase," Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Paul L. Ortiz said in a statement included in the release. "Our agents this year have encountered people from 51 countries other than Mexico including 19 countries from the continent of Africa."

"Del Rio Sector continues to see people from the continent of Africa illegally crossing the border into the United States," the release states. "The majority of apprehensions have been in the Del Rio area, consisting mostly of family units and single adults. For fiscal year 2019 to date, Del Rio Sector's total apprehensions are i excess of 44,000 illegal immigrants, already more than double thetotal number of arrests made during the previous fiscal year."

The surge in migrants from Africa first started to make waves in early June, when multiple outlets reported on the eye-opening numbers.

"Hundreds of migrants from central African countries, including the Republic of Congo, Angola and Cameroon have been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol in the past month. Federal officials in Texas reported more than 500 people from African countries were arrested in less than a week," NBC News reported at the time.

Among the first wave of African migrants was what immigration data indicated was "the largest single group of Africans ever seen by authorities at the southern border," NBC noted. The group, which was arrested on May 31, consisted of 116 migrants from Angola, Cameroon, and the Republic of Congo. A few days later, another group of 30 Africans crossed over. Since those early reports, the numbers have continued to climb.