Southwest Border Apprehensions

Southwest Border Apprehensions

SouthWest Border Apprehensions (monthly data)

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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 May-01 May-02
Southwest Border apprehensions 122,927 97,424
Percent change from same month previous year  -26.08 -20.75
Southwest Border voluntary returns 118,762 92,619
Percent change from same month previous year  -27.03 -22.01

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: