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SOUTHWEST BORDER APPREHENSIONS

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 Year holidays.
  • 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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