The U.S. Border Patrol made 31,501 apprehensions along the
southwest border during December 2001, a 43 percent decrease when
compared to December 2000. Voluntary returns conducted by Border
Patrol agents decreased by 45 percent from a year ago to 29,021.
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 have generally been
decreasing on a seasonally adjusted basis since February
2000. Seasonally adjusted apprehensions decreased 41
percent in the 19 months between January 2000 and August
2001, and then an additional 22 percent in the four
months including and following September 11.
- In FY 2001, Central American apprehensions on the
southwest border reached 22,515, a decrease of 577 when
compared to the previous year. For the first three months
of FY 2002, southwest border Central American
apprehensions reached 3,565 a decrease of 19 percent
compared to the first three months of FY 2001. Of the 3,565
Central Americans apprehended in December 2001, 36
percent were Honduran, 34 percent were El Salvadoran, 26
percent were Guatemalan, and 4 percent were Nicaraguan.
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