Illegal Mexico Border Crossing Arrests At 46 Year Low In 2017, Steadily Decreasing Over Time; Immigration Arrests Inside The Country Up 25%

 In Immigration, Mexico Wall   Last Updated: January 5, 2019

Arrests of people trying to cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico plunged to the lowest level since 1971, as fewer people attempted the trek, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.  Meanwhile, immigration arrests in the interior of the country increased by 25 percent, the data show.”

Between FY 2000 and FY 2017, the number of Border Patrol apprehensions along the Southwest border plummeted by approximately 80%, from a high of over 1.6 million in FY 2000 to around 300,000 in FY 2017.”

The Border Patrol made 310,531 arrests during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a decline of 25 percent from a year earlier and the lowest level since 1971. But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose officers pick up people for deportation, made 143,470 arrests, an increase of 25 percent.”

During the Obama administration, undocumented immigration from Mexico reached a 40 year low and was net-negative (more people were immigrating to Mexico than from Mexico).




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