In Fiscal Year 2013, the number of arrests made by the U.S. Border Patrol increased for the second year after hitting a decades-low number of arrests in 2011.
Border patrol agents apprehended 420,789 in FY 2013 up from 364,768 the previous year and 340,255 in FY 2011. The last year in which the border patrol apprehended less than 400,000 people was in 1972.
The low number of apprehensions made by the border patrol is thought to be a combination of the doubling of manpower since 9/11 and the stagnant economy of the United States.
Here are the numbers for border patrol apprehensions for the last decade:
- 2000: 1,676,438
- 2001: 1,266,214
- 2002: 955,310
- 2003: 931,557
- 2004: 1,160,395
- 2005: 1,189,075
- 2006: 1,089,092
- 2007: 876,704
- 2008: 723,825
- 2009: 556,041
- 2010: 463,382
The push for amnesty in 2014 should also increase the number of illegal immigrants coming to the United States as the likelihood of a general provision creating a virtual blanket amnesty is high. The House Republicans signaled yesterday, January 25, 2014, that they would unveil their own “broad template” of Immigration Reform later this week.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 was the last time a tremendous number of undocumented immigrants were allowed to receive legal status if they could meet certain criteria. This law also created two groups of aliens eligible for legalization: those that had lived here for an extended period and those that could prove they had participated in an agricultural program for several months. Even with these strict guidelines several million illegal immigrants gained legal status.