[Ed. – The number increased significantly for Colombians as well, although that seems more to be expected. Colombians have to cross or bypass the Darien Gap (Russians and others from the Eastern hemisphere don’t, if they can land north of it, as most do), but migrants from Colombia would have more infrastructure to plug into inside the U.S. Ethnic infrastructure exists here for just about everyone, but is far more prevalent and offers more options for Spanish speakers from the Americas. A lot of interesting data at the link.]
The number of “encounters” with illegal aliens at the southwest border originating from countries other than Mexico and the “northern triangle” climbed to 59,006 in July – a 24.9 percent increase from the previous month and 328.6 percent increase from the (pre-COVID) July two years ago.
Figures released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Thursday also showed significant jumps between June and July in the number of “encounters” of migrants hailing from Russia (from 402 to 703) and Colombia (from 481 to 748), while the number from Ukraine more than doubled (from 48 to 101).