Apprehensions of illegal immigrants crossing into Vermont along its border with Canada have more than doubled in a little more than three months compared to the last two years, a Customs and Border Protection official said.
“In less than four months, Swanton Sector’s apprehensions have surpassed the COMBINED two prior years (FY2021-2022),” Robert Garcia, chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol’s Swanton Sector, tweeted last week.
He continued, “In the face of this adversity, our #BorderPatrol Agents remain steadfast in their portrayal of our ideals: Vigilance, Integrity, & Service to Country. #HonorFirst.”
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He added that the sector had a nearly 743% increase over the same prior-year period.
In December, the Swanson Sector, which encompasses all of Vermont, captured a record 441 people crossing illegally from Canada, according to the Center Square.
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Garcia said that illegal crossings into the state is more dangerous in the cold winter months.
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“In freezing temperatures over uncertain terrain, families with children, from just a few months old, continue to illegally cross from Canada into the U.S,” he tweeted. “The risk to human lives—including #BorderPatrol Agents—is increasing. Illegal & irresponsible.”