CBP's Inadmissible Data at U.S. Ports of Entry Show Changes in Migration Patterns
(31 Oct 2023) The number of people found to be inadmissible at U.S. ports of entry rose to an all-time high in the summer of 2023. In the two months of June and July 2023, Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers determined that a total of 199,535 were inadmissible, including 101,450 in June and 98,085 in July. This is over four times the level typically encountered during the last decade up until monthly numbers began to rise in 2021.

This report focuses on the first ten months of Fiscal Year 2023 when a total of 788,953 inadmissible immigrants arrived at ports of entry. Findings presented are based on person-by-person records analyzed by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University of detailed information obtained from port authorities after a long campaign under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

TRAC’s interactive Inadmissibles data tool now gives users the ability to view CBP data by individual ports of entry across the country, including at the Southern and Northern Borders as well as airports. Among ports of entry located at the U.S.-Mexico border, San Ysidro (78,773), Brownsville (75,230), and Hidalgo (55,030) were the three busiest by total number of inadmissible decisions. El Paso was in the middle with 34,768 inadmissibles. Less prominent ports of entry saw fewer total inadmissibles: Eagle Pass (20,386), Nogales (17,843), Laredo (16,718), Calexico (13,772), and Otay Mesa (5,105).

The volume of inadmissibles not only reflects patterns in migration, it also reflects the size and processing capacity of ports of entry. When larger numbers of migrants arrive at smaller ports of entry, it may create staffing and resource demands that exceed normal capacity. Other factors beyond the physical size of these ports of entries also contribute to the number of inadmissibles arriving at each port, such as the use of the CBP One, a smartphone scheduling app. As of the publication of this report, CBP utilizes this app to make 1,450 total appointments available per day for select ports of entry along the length of the border.

The nationality of inadmissibles varied widely between the busiest ports of entry. While the largest number of decisions were issued to Mexican citizens, a diverse population is requesting admission at larger ports of entry.

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