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April 2013, Volume 19, Number 2

U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of undocumented migrants, by fiscal year

DHS's Customs and Border Protection agency apprehended 365,000 foreigners just inside the Mexico-US border in FY12, over 1,000 a day, down from the peak 1.6 million in FY00 or 4,400 a day. There are over 18,000 Border Patrol agents on the Mexico-US border, and they have 260 aircraft to help them patrol the 2,000-mile border.

Under the Senate Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform plan released in April 2013, DHS would have 10 years to place the entire Mexico-US border under surveillance and apprehend 90 percent of those who cross the border illegally. After the border is deemed "secure," most of those who obtain a probationary legal status could apply for regular immigrant visas. Unauthorized farm workers could become regular immigrants sooner by continuing to do farm work after receiving Blue Card probationary legal status.

U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of undocumented migrants, by fiscal year