The U.S. Southern Border saw nearly 200,000 encounters of illegal immigrants in the month of July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Monday.

CBP said there were 199,976 encounters along the Southern Border in July – a 4% decrease compared to June.

The number is a slight drop from the previous two months but remains “high” according to government officials.

“This marks the second month in a row of decreased encounters along the Southwest border. While the encounter numbers remain high, this is a positive trend and the first two-month drop since October 2021,” said CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus in a press release.

Commissioner Magnus cited the importance of a new CBP digital advertising campaign which is being used to persuade potential immigrants not to pay cartels to help them immigrate illegally.

According to CBP, the campaign is being used to target “lies smugglers use to lure the vulnerable into a dangerous journey that often ends in removal or death.”

“These are among many actions we are taking to reduce irregular migration and dismantle the human smuggling operations that put these migrants in danger,” Commissioner Magnus added.

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CBP released additional data on July’s illegal immigration numbers:

  • The number of unique individuals encounters in July was 162,792.
  • Two-thirds of all encounters along the Southern Border were single adults.
  • There were 13,299 encounters of unaccompanied children in July, a 13% decrease compared to June.
  • The number of encounters of family units was practically unchanged from June, at 52,040 in July.

So far for Fiscal Year 2022, which began in October 2021, CBP has encountered a staggering 2,242,413 illegal immigrants nationwide.

“CBP continues to enforce U.S. immigration law and apply consequences to those without a legal basis to remain in the U.S.,” the agency stated.

Along the Southern Border alone, CBP encountered 1,946,780 illegal immigrants in the first 10 months of FY 2022. This is more than the total number of illegal immigrants encountered in the entire 12 months of FY 2021 (1,734,686.), FY 2020 (458,088) and FY 2019 (977,509).

Additionally, in July 2022, dangerous drugs continued to pour across the Southern Border, with seizures of the extraordinarily lethal drug fentanyl skyrocketing 200%.

Over 2,100 lbs. of fentanyl were seized last month – compared to 640 lbs. in June.

As The Washington Times notes, “Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl is considered enough to kill. Given the drug’s lethality, July’s seizures would be enough to slay nearly 470 million people.” In other words, every living American.

According to Fox News, “Of the more than 108,000 overdose deaths last year, more than 80,000 were linked with fentanyl.”

Most of the fentanyl in the United States is manufactured in China, shipped to Mexico and then smuggled into the U.S. through our nation’s Southern Border.

It’s tragic that tens of thousands of Americans die each year because our nation refuses to fix our porous Southern Border.

It is past time that our elected officials secure our nation’s borders, while ensuring that all people are treated in a humanitarian and dignified way. Lives are at stake.

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