Adam Isacson

Defense, security, borders, migration, and human rights in Latin America and the United States. May not reflect my employer’s consensus view.


July 2024

CBP One Appointments, Charted

Here, by month and by country, are appointments that CBP has granted to asylum seekers, using its “CBP One” mobile phone app, to approach U.S.-Mexico land border ports of entry.

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The app’s use for this purpose began in January 2023, and today it is very hard to request asylum at the border without an app-scheduled appointment.

It is especially hard since June 5, when the Biden administration imposed a rule banning asylum for most people who cross the border between ports of entry, even though the law specifies that people have the right to ask for asylum on U.S. soil regardless of how they crossed.

Though it is the only pathway for most, appointments are scarce. CBP hasn’t increased the allotment of appointments—currently about 1,450 per day—in a year. Asylum seekers now routinely spend months in Mexico seeking, then awaiting, appointments.

Of the 296 months of US-Mexico Border Patrol apprehensions depicted here:

Chart: Monthly U.S.-Mexico Border Patrol Apprehensions by Sector

May 2024:

Tucson Sector	28%
Rio Grande Valley Sector	7%
San Diego Sector	28%
El Paso Sector	20%
Del Rio Sector	9%
Yuma Sector	5%
Laredo Sector	3%
El Centro Sector	1%
Big Bend Sector	1%

Total since October 1999:

Tucson Sector	28%
Rio Grande Valley Sector	19%
San Diego Sector	12%
El Paso Sector	11%
Del Rio Sector	10%
Yuma Sector	7%
Laredo Sector	6%
El Centro Sector	6%
Big Bend Sector	1%

  • May 2024 (latest month available) was number 59.
  • Number 1 was December 2023 (249,739).
  • Number 296 was April 2017 (11,127, migrants and smugglers were in a temporary “wait and see” mode after Donald Trump’s inauguration).

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Migrants Apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico Border October-February, by 98 Nationalities

During the first five months of the 2024 fiscal year (October 2023-February 2024), people from Asia, Africa, or Europe were one out of every eight migrants whom Border Patrol apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.

That’s never come close to happening before. Non-Americas countries are non-blue in this chart:

Annual Border Patrol Apprehensions by Region at the U.S.-Mexico Border 2024: South America 30%, Mexico 28.2%, Central America 27.8%, Africa 5%, Caribbean 2.80%, East Asia Pacific 2.75%, South and Central Asia 2.57%, All Others <2%
Since 2014: Central America 39%, Mexico 35%, South America 16%, Caribbean 6%, South/Central Asia 2%, Africa 1%, All Others <1%Data table

Here are the countries they came from (click to expand):

2024 top 100 usbp apprehensions.001.

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