New government numbers obtained from Border Patrol show that the southwest border saw another day of record-breaking encounters.

Although CBP has yet to release November’s official monthly numbers, the trend of record-setting days of illegal aliens attempting to enter the United States continues. 

On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents encountered 14,509 illegal aliens—breaking the 12,000 record that was set two weeks ago. 

Additionally, the different ports of entry had more than 26,500 total individuals in custody.

The Del Rio Sector—which encompasses Eagle Pass and Del Rio—had the highest number of encounters, with 3,100. The Rio Grande Valley saw 1,471 and the El Paso sector encountered 1,343. 

On Sunday, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Office of Field Operations announced they would temporarily suspend railroad operations in Eagle Pass and El Paso. CBP cited the resurgence of migrants being smuggled through Mexico on freight trains as one of their reasons for suspending operations. 

Earlier this month, CBP temporarily suspended vehicle processing at the Eagle Pass International Bridge and reduced it in Lukeville, Arizona. The suspension was an effort to redirect personnel to assist border patrol agents with taking illegal aliens into custody and processing them. 

Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has just signed two landmark border security legislation in an attempt to take control of Texas’ southern border. Senate Bill 3 provides funding for border barrier infrastructure, while Senate Bill 4 makes it a crime to enter the state illegally. 

That legislation has already drawn a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.