More than 200,000 migrants have been processed crossing illegally into the U.S. for September, illustrating the gravity of the border crisis the Biden administration is struggling to contain.
Preliminary data obtained by CBS News found Border Patrol agents last month recorded an estimated 210,000 apprehensions - the third highest number on record.
The colossal numbers signified migrants entering the U.S. without authorization in between official ports of entry along the Mexican border and was a sizeable increase from the 181,000 recorded in August, the outlet reported.
September's apprehension tally is the highest since Dec 2022 when 222,000 migrants were apprehended, the second-highest monthly figure on record.
In May 2022, 224,000 migrants who crossed illegally were apprehended, setting the current record.
More than 200,000 migrants have been processed crossing illegally into the U.S. for September quantifying the gravity of the border crisis the Biden administration is struggling to contain
This is the second time in history numbers of illegal crossings have surpassed the 2 million mark for the fiscal year, with 2.2 for 2022 still the highest-ever annual tally.
The Biden administration has been allowing roughly 1,500 prospective asylum seekers to enter the country each day if they're able to secure an appointment using a smartphone app.
Not all those apprehended are allowed to stay in the U.S. with some migrant adults given the option to voluntarily return to Mexico or be places in a fast track deportation process if they don't claim asylum or fail screenings.
But the startling government figures show that in recent months migrants have been released from U.S. border custody and instructed to undergo immigration court proceedings.
If they lose, those migrants would face deportation, however the process can often take years to come before the courts due to the millions of unresolved cases in backlog.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement to CBS News that the agency expects to 'see fluctuations' in migration patterns, citing smugglers' use of 'misinformation to prey on vulnerable individuals.'
DHS added that it is working to 'strengthen consequences' against those who enter the country illegally.
While the numbers pale in comparison to those coming over the border the DHS lauded their ability to carry out over 250,000 returns or deportations of migrants since early May.
Preliminary data obtained by CBS News found Border Patrol agents last month recorded an estimated 210,000 apprehensions - the third highest number on record. In this image thousands flooding into Brownsville on Friday were seen processed
September's apprehension tally is the highest since Dec 2022 when 222,000 migrants were apprehended, the second-highest monthly figure on record
Floods of illegal crossers in recent weeks has highlighted the Biden administrations' struggle to tighten the grip on the unprecedented unauthorized migration in recent years
'We are clear eyed, however, that there is no long-term solution to the challenges we are seeing at our border that does not involve the U.S. Congress modernizing our hopelessly outdated immigration and asylum system,' DHS said.
Floods of illegal crossers in recent weeks has highlighted the Biden administrations' struggle to tighten the grip on the unprecedented unauthorized migration in recent years.
It also undermined Biden's border strategy which officials praised when illegal entries saw a two-year drop in June.
The strategy, which consists of expanding legal migration opportunities while imposing stricter asylum rules for some entering illegally has seen a sharp drop of unauthorized entries among some groups such as Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans.
But the same cannot be said for other Central Americans escaping economic and political turmoil such as Venezuelans and migrants from other continents, including Africa and Asia.
In mid-September 2,000 daily Border Patrol apprehensions were from Venezuela, according to the documents reviewed by CBS.
In August, 713 Venezuelan migrants were being processed each day, the outlet reported.
Seven million have so far fled the country in what is being described as the 'largest displacement crisis in the world,' according to the United Nations.
Many are braving a weeks-long trek across multiple countries and Panama's roadless Darién Gap in the hope of reaching the U.S.
Migrants seen after crossing the Rio Grande river border from Piedras Negras, Mexico into the US on September 27, 2023
Upwards of 8,000 migrants have been crossing the border at Eagle Pass every day last month as the town called a state of emergency after the influx
More than 400,000 have crossed the treacherous Darién jungle, double the previous record set in 2022, according to the Panamanian government.
Harrowing images from the porous border show droves of migrants traversing difficult terrain and wading through the Rio Grande river.
Families are seen clinging to each other, with some struggling to carry soaking wet bags of belongings across the water.
Border towns such as Eagle Pass and Brownsville have been feeling the full gravity of the situation.
Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez who is part of the U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector that covers 277 miles of border along the Rio Grande and 316 miles along the Gulf of Mexico posted pictures on Friday illustrating the crisis.
'Amidst scorching temperatures, Border Patrol Agents & Supervisors from Brownsville, Harlingen, & Fort Brown stations continue to work tirelessly addressing this significant migrant surge...approx. 3,000 people in the last 48 hrs,' she said.
'Regardless of the challenge, our Agents stand united utilizing mobile technology to identify and classify every person in these groups. RGV Strong!'
Images from Brownsville showed long lines of migrants battling Rio Grande only to be met with razor wire - meant to be a deterrent - but often cut or crawled under to enter the U.S.
Hoards of people were seen waiting near a processing tent in the images as they await decisions of their future.
Some migrants were seen struggling with soaking wet bags of belongings as they tried to cross the river, where they were met by military troops on the Texas side
After making their way into the US, many migrants were seen queueing up as they waited to be processed by border agents
It comes after, shocking video footage of migrants creeping through unguarded barbed wire at Eagle Pass, surfaced.
The border town has been the epicenter of the crisis with Mayor Rolando Salinas calling for a state of emergency Sept 20.
In the most recent video, migrants could be seen creeping into the brambles of the U.S.-Mexico border town, one after another, in an attempt to cross the border without being processed.
Dozens, including at least three kids, secretly made their way through barbed wire in what appeared to be a moment when no border patrol or guards were in sight.
Trucks for border patrol agents processing arrivals were parked on the other side along the Del Rio bridge, shown in the video posted Friday by @JLRINVESTIGATES on X, formerly Twitter.
Migrants were heard cheering and shouting as they disappeared into the scrubland.
The Texas town of just 28,000 people has been inundated by migrants in recent days, with border crossings rising to around 8,000 a day in the week ending September 22, according to the Washington Office of Latin America.
Biden's 'Handling of Immigration' could have been the biggest black mark on the incumbent President had it not been for inflation souring Americans opinion of him
Migrants cross the Rio Grande river from Piedras Negras, Mexico into Eagle Pass Friday
The latest CBS news poll revealed that Biden and Democrats generally are out of sync with the American people on immigration.
That poll conducted by YouGov, surveyed 2,335 U.S. adults between September 5 and 8, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent.
Biden 'Job Approval' was generally at a low according to the poll and revealed that 60 percent of Americans disapprove of the job he is doing as president.
Meanwhile, 72 percent of respondents believe things are going somewhat badly (34 percent) or very badly (38 percent) in the United States today.
Biden's 'Handling of Immigration' could have been the biggest black mark on the incumbent President had it not been for inflation souring Americans opinion of him.
Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) disapproved of Biden's handling of immigration, while just a third (34 percent) approved.
Polls ending Sept 29 for the Presidential general election saw Biden behind trump by a 3 percent margin, according to Five Thirty Eight.
Trump is also Biden's biggest competition heading into the election as he has a significant lead in the Republican primary at 54.8 percent compared to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis trailing in second at 14.1 percent, as of Sunday.