Deputy Border Chief Estimates ‘Way Over 100,000’ Illegal Border Crossers Evaded Capture This Year

A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official said Monday that well over 100,000 illegal border crossers have evaded capture by patrol agents so far this year, adding to the alarm already raised around the growing number of monthly apprehensions. Deputy Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz told Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” that the agency has resources at its disposal allowing estimates of “how many people are actually getting away from us,” adding that so far in 2021, this figure stands at “way over 100,000 people.” Separately, Ortiz earlier estimated that more than 1 million illegal immigrants would arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021 as the White House grapples with how to find facilities and process them. “We’re already starting to see some higher days of 6,000-plus apprehensions,” Ortiz told reporters on March 30. “So I fully expect our border patrol agents to encounter over a million people this year.” CBP figures show that …

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