Immigrant apprehensions at Canadian border sector up 800% in first two months of fiscal year

Swanton Sector Border Patrol agents saw an increase in immigration apprehensions of nearly 800 percent in the first two months of the new fiscal year. Over the past four months, agents at this Canadian border sector have apprehended more immigrants than were apprehended in all of FY22.

The Nationwide Encounters Report released late on the Friday before Christmas shows Swanton Sector agents apprehended 727 immigrants crossing from Canada into Vermont and New York. During the same period last year, these agents apprehended only 81 immigrants. This represents an increase of almost 798 percent.

Agents in this area began to see a noticeable increase in crossings and arrests starting in May 2022. The numbers continued to rise throughout the rest of the year, with the exception of May.

During the past four months (August to November), Swanton Sector agents arrested 1,142 migrants. That’s more than the total number of immigrants apprehended during the entire fiscal year 2022, which ended on September 30.

The growing trend of migrants crossing the Canadian border in the Swanton sector appears to be continuing in December.

In early December, Swanton Sector agents working the border near North Troy, Vermont, rescued several groups of migrants from freezing conditions, Breitbart Texas reported. One of the incidents involved an immigrant family, including young children.

Federal prosecutors are aggressively pursuing legal consequences for smugglers who work in this sector.

Prosecutors in New York secured convictions against two men who smuggled eight immigrants into the U.S. in October 2022, according to a tweet from Swanton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia.

A few days earlier, an Honduran man pleaded guilty to smuggling five migrants from Guatemala and Italy to New York The Honduran man was sentenced to two years in prison, Garcia tweeted.

Bob Price serves as an associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular contributor to Fox 26 Houston’s What is your point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and FaceBook.

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