Border patrol in San Diego sector apprehends thousands of migrants from 73 countries in one-week span

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Thousands of migrants have flooded through California’s southern border from 73 different countries over just one week, border patrol confirmed.

According to data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection – San Diego Border Patrol Sector, agents apprehended 8,659 illegal immigrants from 73 different countries over a one-week span between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6.

Chinese migrants are the fastest growing group trying to come to the United States, according to CBP. 

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The number of Chinese nationals apprehended at the southwest border has surged in recent years.

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In fiscal year 2021, there were only 450 Chinese migrants apprehended, in contrast to 2,176 and 24,314 in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 respectively. 

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Many are flying to Ecuador, where they don’t need a visa, and making their trek through Latin America before reaching the U.S. southern border. 

Sources with Customs and Border Protection told Fox News Digital that migrant encounters hit a staggering 300,000 incidents in Dec. 2023, reaching a level thought unimaginable just years ago.

Between Dec. 1 and 31, more than 302,000 migrants were documented attempting to cross the U.S. southern border

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It is the highest total for a single month ever recorded. It is also the first time migrant encounters have exceeded 300,000.

Fox News’ Bailee Hill, Adam Shaw and Griff Jenkins contributed to this report.

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