U.S. Customs and Border Protection has finally released the number of border encounters during May. 

A press release yesterday states the U.S. Border Patrol recorded 117,900 encounters at the southwest border at ports of entry. Additionally, CBP’s Office of Field Operations “recorded over 52,800 encounters at southwest border ports of entry in May 2024.”

According to CBP data and statistics, the total number of encounters along the southwest land border is 1.69 million for Fiscal Year 2024, which began in October 2023. Last month’s 170,723 encounters were the lowest number for May in the past few years. 

In May 2021, there were 180,597 encounters. In May 2022, there were 241,136. In May 2023, that number was 206,690. 

However, while the reported number of encounters along the southwest border continues its steady, downward trend in 2024, other numbers are climbing. 

For example, the number of Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans admitted into the country via parole has risen by nearly 30,000 since the prior month of April. Then, the total number was 434,800 CHNV aliens. That number swelled to 462,100 just a month later. 

As of late, questions have been raised about whether or not the federal government has adequately managed to monitor the vast number of aliens granted parole in the United States. A report by the U.S. Inspector General concludes that the Department of Homeland Security has failed to keep track of roughly 77,000 Afghan parolees who were granted two-year paroles following President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan back in 2021. 

“If you thought the government was monitoring the many hundreds of thousands of migrants the Biden admin has released into the US for 2 year humanitarian parole grants over the last few years, and removing those who overstay and become unlawfully in the US, you’d be wrong.” Fox News National Correspondent Bill Melugin posted on X. 

Melugin also commented on the CHNV parole program, saying, “A reminder, more than 400,000 migrants have also flown directly into the US and have been released for 2-year parole grants via a controversial Biden admin mass parole program for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans.” 

Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced the launch of a “parole-in-place” program for illegal aliens already married to U.S. citizens. According to Gov. Greg Abbott, the new system is the administration’s way of pandering to the American people to save Biden’s plummeting approval rating. 

“President Biden’s mass amnesty announcement is blatantly illegal and is a desperate pandering for votes in his failing reelection bid,” Abbott said. “President Biden’s amnesty proposal, just like President Obama’s DAPA and DACA proposals, will be stricken down by the courts for a simple reason: it is Congress, not the President, that has the authority to make or change immigration laws.”

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.