U.S. Customs and Border Protection Release September Operation Data


WASHINGTON – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released operational statistics for September 2021, which can be viewed online here.

“Meetings with CBP along the southwest border declined in September compared to the previous month, and the majority of non-citizens encountered were deported under Title 42. CBP men and women continued to meet the challenge admirably, despite the strain associated with operating during a global period. pandemic that has claimed far too many lives among our frontline staff, ”said Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller.

“In September, CBP continued its tireless efforts to facilitate a return to normalcy in trade and travel, which has been vital to America’s economic rebound from the pandemic. Passenger vehicle and pedestrian trips, as well as air traffic, continue to be significantly higher than in comparable periods since the height of the pandemic in 2020, with commercial truck transport being higher than the peaks of the pandemic in 2020. pre-pandemic levels. CBP will continue to work to keep our borders safe and secure, while managing a fair and orderly immigration system and facilitating the legitimate trade and travel that is vital to the U.S. economy. “

CBP application numbers for September 2021

The large number of deportations during the pandemic contributed to a larger than usual number of migrants making multiple attempts to cross borders, meaning the total number of encounters somewhat overstates the number of unique individuals arriving. at the border.

• The number of unique encounters in September 2021 was 142,710, a 9% reduction in unique encounters from the previous month.

• In total, there were 192,001 encounters along the southwestern border, a decrease of 9% from August. Of these, 26% involved people who had had at least one previous encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average rate of new meetings over one year of 14% for the 2014-2019 fiscal year.

• More than half (59%) of revisions were single adults, with 113,030 revisions in September, a 9% increase from August.

• 102,673 matches, or over 53% of the total, were processed for expulsion under Title 42. 89,238 games were processed under Title 8.

• 84,911 encounters involving single adults (75% of all single adult encounters) were processed for eviction under Title 42, with 28,119 processed under Title 8.

• 17,599 encounters involving individuals from the family unit (27% of all individuals in the family unit) were processed for eviction under Title 42, with 46,789 processed under Title 8.

Unaccompanied children

• Meetings of unaccompanied children decreased by 24%, with 14,358 encounters in September compared to 18,806 in August. In September, the average number of unaccompanied children held by CBP was 772 per day, compared to an average of 1,435 per day in August.

Individuals of the family unit

• Meetings with individuals from the family unit decreased by 26%, from 86,631 in August to 64,388 in September, well below the peak of 88,587 meetings in May 2019.

In September 2021, the Department of Homeland Security increased its resources to respond to large numbers of migrants who converged on the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas. In less than a week, the population under the bridge fell from over 15,000 to zero. During the interim period, the Department’s humanitarian and operational response consisted of immediately deploying hundreds of people, basic services, food and clean water, clothing, transport and medical resources to ensure the health of migrants, our staff and the surrounding community.

International travel and trade

One of the main objectives of CBP’s mission is to improve the economic prosperity of the country, particularly by facilitating legitimate trade and travel. CBP’s role is vital for the United States’ economic rebound from the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. CBP continues to protect the national and economic security of the United States by facilitating legitimate trade while strictly enforcing United States customs laws and regulations. Although CBP’s trade and travel figures have not fully returned to pre-pandemic levels, they have risen significantly in recent months.

To ensure a smooth and more efficient border inspection process, CBP recommends that travelers:

• Obtain a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) document and / or apply for a Trusted Traveler program.

• Use the CBP OneTM mobile app, a single, intuitive entry point for travelers and stakeholders to access CBP mobile apps and services, including obtaining proof of their electronic I-94 form on their mobile device. .

CBP encourages Visa Waiver Program travelers seeking an approved ESTA to take advantage of the time savings offered by using CBP OneTM or the CBP I-94 website. With an ESTA, these travelers can apply for their I-94 prior to arrival and avoid filling out the I-94W form at a port of entry.

Trade Statistics / Foreclosures – Protecting the US Consumer

CBP works diligently with the trading community and port operators to ensure that goods clear customs as efficiently as possible. CBP works with the business community to strengthen international supply chains and improve border security. There are several programs through which CBP works with importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers and manufacturers to advance shipment information and expedite the inspection process at points of entry. CBP is available to arrange reviews and is ready and willing to extend hours of operation if necessary to meet the growing demand for imported goods.

In September 2021 alone, CBP processed more than 3 million entry summaries valued at over $ 259 billion, identifying fees estimated at nearly $ 8.4 billion to be collected by the U.S. government. In September, air trade accounted for more than 29% of the total value of imports, followed by trucks, oceans and railways.

Intellectual property rights violations continue to endanger the US innovation economy. The trade in counterfeit and pirated products threatens the competitiveness of American businesses, the livelihoods of American workers, and the health and safety of consumers.

• In September 2021, CBP seized 2,073 shipments containing more than $ 375 million in counterfeit goods.

Drug seizures

CBP officers, border patrol officers, and air and sea operations officers continue to prohibit the flow of illicit narcotics across the border. Nationally, drug seizures fell 23% in September. The seizures were as follows:

• Cocaine seizures increased by 11%;

• Seizures of methamphetamine decreased by 46%;

• Heroin seizures increased by 6%;

• Fentanyl seizures have decreased by 35%.

Agricultural Statistics / Foreclosures – Securing American Agriculture

In September 2021, CBP agriculture specialists helped protect America’s agriculture, natural resources, and economic prosperity.

• CBP issued 6,245 Emergency Action Notifications for restricted and prohibited plant and animal products entering the United States.

• CBP conducted 58,073 positive passenger inspections and imposed 573 civil penalties and / or offenses against the traveling public for failing to declare agricultural items banned.

CBP Response to COVID-19

The safety of our workforce, our communities and those in our care is a top priority. CBP staff put themselves and their families at risk with every encounter with the public. Since the start of the pandemic:

• More than 11,900 CBP employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

• 49 died.

CBP continues to explore adjustments to workforce posture and health protocols based on widespread access to vaccines and relaxed public health measures:

• CBP provides migrants who cannot be deported under the CDC Title 42 order or who await treatment with PPE from the time they are taken into detention, and migrants are required to keep their masks at all times.

• CBP works with appropriate agencies that facilitate the screening, diagnosis, isolation and treatment of migrants, including:

• Local governments and non-governmental organizations for those released from CBP custody;

• DHS and ICE to test those to be released from CBP custody, especially in places without local government or NGO testing capacity; and,

• HHS for screening unaccompanied children.

• DHS has developed a partnership model to test and isolate families who test positive for COVID-19, and reimburse 100% of the cost, provided the state does not object.

US Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for the management, control and protection of our country’s borders at and between official points of entry. CBP is accused of keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of US laws.


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