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American border officials have had over 2 million encounters with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border so far this fiscal year — setting a new record after sustained surges in migration, according to the latest Customs and Border Protection data.

The large numbers of migrants at the southern border continues to be a logistical, humanitarian and political challenge for the Biden administration. Republicans have pounced on the issue, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently flying migrants and asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard.

In 2020, the pandemic slowed traffic at the border. Border officials took migrants into custody roughly 460,000 times that fiscal year. That number jumped to 1.7 million in fiscal year 2021. With one month left in fiscal year 2022, the number has already surpassed two million for the first time ever.

In August, CBP reported more than 200,000 encounters at the U.S. southwest border. 55,333 unique encounters last month were with Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Cubans.

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