Swanton Border Patrol reports historic high number of illegal crossings

Published: Feb. 13, 2023 at 11:54 PM EST
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SWANTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The U.S. Border Patrol’s Swanton Sector reports it encountered a historic number of people trying to illegally cross the Canadian border into the U.S. last month.

Agents say they apprehended more people in January 2023 than in the last 12 Januarys combined. The sector says it recorded 367 last month compared to the 12-year average of about 28. They say border patrol agents are seeing more and more family groups with young children, including infants.

In a statement, Sector Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia said, in part, “It cannot be stressed enough: not only is it unlawful to circumvent legal means of entry into the United States, but it is extremely dangerous, particularly in adverse weather conditions, which our Swanton Sector has in incredible abundance.”