January 2022 Southwest Border

February 21, 2022
January 2022 United States Southwest Border Data

You’re seeing elements of what could be a future strategy for managing the border that’s different from what we’ve seen during the past year, but I don’t think we know what it is yet.

President of the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute, Andrew Selee, on potential strategies the Biden admin may soon implement to manage immigration at the U.S. southwest border.
  • Though the number of people who attempted entry along the U.S. southwest border in January is 14% less than those encountered in December, January's data still marks a record-high for the month — with the highest number of encounters seen in January in over 20 years.
  • Those encountered included: Single adults (73%); family unit individuals (21%); unaccompanied children (6%).
  • Of the 153,941 total encounters along the southern border, about one in four people had already had a previous encounter within the last year.
  • Just over half of all people encountered were expelled under Title 42 — a provision re: public health safety during a pandemic. *Note: Unaccompanied children are not expelled under Title 42.*

Why It Matters: The pace of people attempting entry along the U.S. southwest border is historically high, and has been since March of 2021. The govt. follows a fiscal year calendar (Oct. 2020 – Sept. 2021). In fiscal year 2021, CBP reported the highest number of encounters ever recorded (1.9M+). A quarter of the way into fiscal year 2022, CBP has now recorded over half a million encounters of people attempting entry into the U.S. along the southwest border.

CBP Releases January 2022 Monthly Operational Update (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Southwest Land Border Encounters (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Number of migrants processed along southern border dropped by 14% in January (CBS News)

by Jenna Lee,