Indians Crossing the US Border: There has been a significant surge in the number of Indians attempting to enter the United States illegally. In the period from October 2022 to September 2023, a total of 96,917 individuals of Indian origin were apprehended by US authorities at the border, marking a nearly fivefold increase compared to the 2019-2020 figures, which stood at 19,883. This data, disclosed by officials from the US Customs and Border Protection (UCBP), highlights a concerning trend.
The majority of these illegal entry attempts by Indians were concentrated along the US borders with Canada and Mexico. Specifically, during the mentioned time frame, 30,010 individuals tried to cross the US border illegally from Canada, while 41,770 attempted the same from the Mexican border. The apprehension of such a significant number of individuals underscores the growing challenge faced by authorities in preventing illegal entry.
Historically, the predominant source of illegal border crossings into the US has been from countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Ecuador. However, recent times have witnessed an uptick in individuals from India and other nations attempting to enter the US without proper authorization. Notably, a considerable portion of these attempts involved individuals seeking to enter the US alone. In the past year, approximately 84,000 individuals aimed to enter the US as single individuals, indicating a notable preference for solo attempts. Additionally, law enforcement detained 730 unaccompanied children trying to cross the US border illegally.