Compared to September 2000, total inspections of citizens and
aliens for entry to the United States decreased 25 percent. Air
admissions decreased 29 percent and land admissions decreased 25
percent compared to the previous September. Sea admissions
decreased 2 percent and inadmissibles decreased 6 percent
compared to September 2000. Total inspections for fiscal year
2001 decreased 4 percent compared to fiscal year 2000.
Data Source: PAS G-22.1
- Each September the INS experiences a seasonal decline in
total inspections, when compared to the peak months of
July and August. In fiscal year 2000, the September
decline when compared to August was about 10 percent.
However, the September decline in FY 2001 was 14 million
or about 30 percent. Most of this decline is due to the
drop in traffic at INS ports of entry following the
terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001,
which included the suspension of all air traffic to and
from the United States.
- About 12 million U.S. citizens were admitted at INS ports
of entry during September 2001, compared to approximately
21 million aliens admitted during the same month. The
above categories of admission include individuals who
make multiple entries, for example, citizens who leave
and reenter the United States multiple times, permanent
residents who make multiple entries, or aliens who hold
non-immigrant visas or border crossing cards and commute
back and forth each week from Canada or Mexico.
- The total inadmissible count for September 2001 was
60,250, a 6 percent decrease compared to September 2000.
Inadmissible persons include aliens referred to secondary
inspection who withdraw, are refused entry, are paroled
in, or are referred to an Immigration Judge for a removal
hearing. Also included are expedited cases where an alien
can withdraw, or receives an expedited removal order, or
is referred for a credible fear interview.
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