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Venezuelans top Mexicans in US illegal border crossings for 1st time on record in September

Venezuelans topped Mexicans for the largest group of nationals arrested for illegally crossing the U.S. southern border for the first time on record in the month of September. 

According to its latest monthly report released Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recorded 218,763 

The Biden administration proposed about $14 billion for the border in a $106 billion spending package announced Friday. 

Border officials arrested 18 people on the FBI’s terror watchlist in September, making fiscal year 2023 a record year for such encounters at the southern border.

According to CBP statistics released Saturday, 169 people on the FBI terror watchlist were encountered between ports of entry at the southern border in the past 12 months, a number that exceeds not only FY 22’s record-setting total (98) but the last six fiscal years combined.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Bill Melugin and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace@fox.com and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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