Southwest Border Apprehensions

Southwest Border Apprehensions

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SouthWest Border Apprehensions (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

SouthWest Border Apprehensions (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov for further assistance.

The U.S. Border Patrol seeks to prevent illegal entry into the United States along the 8,000 miles of land and water boundaries of the United States between ports-of-entry.

The southwest border covers four states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

The voluntary returns program allows aliens to enter an agreement to leave the United States of their own volition to avoid further consequences.

SouthWest Border Apprehensions Aug-01 Aug-02
Southwest Border apprehensions 84,648 82,557
Percent change from same month previous year -25.95  -2.47
Southwest Border voluntary returns 79,784 77,109
Percent change from same month previous year -28.23  -3.35

NOTE: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

SOURCE: U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, available at: http://www.ins.gov/graphics/aboutins/statistics/index.htm.