Border Patrol Reports Record Number of Vermont Border Apprehensions in Last Three Months
Border Patrol agents continue to report a record number of foreign nationals entering upstate New York, Eastern New York, and Vermont. A majority of these encounters have been apprehensions, which mean that the migrant has been taken into custody. The other half of these encounters are expulsions, which means that the migrant is sent back to the country from which they came.
According to the Border Patrol, the numbers of encounters in the Swanton Sector have increased by at least 27 per month between October and June of this year, compared to the past two years. In fact, the Swanton Sector leads the northern border in illicit crossings, according to the agency. It apprehends people from at least six of the seven Latin American countries and about 50 to 60 other nations.
There is no obvious reason for this increase, other than the global migration crisis. According to the Border Patrol, most of these encounters occur between official land border crossings. These crossings are not under the jurisdiction of the Border Patrol, and are staffed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations. Some of these encounters include people who are sneaking through the woods and are caught by the Border Patrol. As a result of this, the Border Patrol stopped some of the illicit cross-border activity between these official crossings.
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