The U.S. Border Patrol made 59,276 apprehensions along the
southwest border during September 2001, a 39 percent decrease
when compared to September 2000. Voluntary returns conducted by
Border Patrol agents decreased by 41 percent to 55,907. For
fiscal year 2001, apprehensions were down 25 percent and
voluntary returns were down 26 percent when compared to fiscal
Data Source: PAS G-23.8 & G-23.18
- Normally, apprehensions reach a yearly low in December
followed by a strong seasonal increase in January.
Seasonal highs tend to be reached in early spring.
Apprehensions decrease but remain relatively high through
the summer months and then start their autumn decline in
September, which continues through the Christmas and New
- Southwest border apprehensions for September through
December 2000 showed the expected seasonal pattern of
decrease, while apprehensions from January through March
showed the expected seasonal rise. September 2001
apprehensions showed an unusually large decrease when
compared the August 2001. While this decrease followed a
seasonal trend, it was also due partly to a decline in
attempted entries associated with the terrorist attacks
of September 11, 2001. Overall fiscal year 2001
apprehensions decreased by 25 percent or 407,962, when
compared to the previous year.
- In FY 2000, Central American apprehensions on the
southwest border reached 23,092, a decrease of 6,023 when
compared to the previous year. For FY 2001, southwest
border Central American apprehensions reached 22,515 a
decrease of 2 percent compared to FY 2000. Of the 22,515
Central Americans apprehended in FY 2001, 39 percent were
Honduran, 38 percent were El Salvadoran, 20 percent were
Guatemalan, and 3 percent were Nicaraguan.
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