According to USBP, SDC agents have apprehended more than 7,300 Brazilian nationals since October 2020. By contrast, SDC agents apprehended just 330 Brazilian nationals in all fiscal year 2020.
Every month since April, SDC has encountered more than 1,000 Brazilian nationals illegally entering the U.S – a whopping 114,000% increase from the same time frame a year prior, when just six Brazilian nationals were apprehended.
When reached by Fox News, an SDC spokesman attributed this dramatic increase to economic instability and violent crime in Brazil.
Processing this many Brazilian nationals, meanwhile, has strained the agency’s resources due to language barriers and other factors, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Many agents have had to be removed from patrol duties and reassigned to processing centers.
The increase of Brazilian nationals illegally crossing the border reflects broader patterns in recent months of illegal border crossings being committed by people who are not from Mexico or Central American countries.