Border Patrol Arrests at Lowest Level Since 1971

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recorded the lowest level of arrests of people trying to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border since 1971.

According to a Department of Homeland Security press release, the Border Patrol arrested 510,351 illegal immigrants during the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, a 25 percent decrease from the previous year. But, arrests made by ICE in the interior of the country jumped 40 percent since the start of the Trump administration. During the same time frame, removals from ICE arrests increased by nearly 40 percent, which according to the DHS news release, offsets “the historically low number of border apprehensions, a population that typically constitutes a significant portion of ICE removals.”

ICE removals for fiscal year 2017 were 6 percent lower than 2016, which DHS says is attributed to the decline in border apprehensions.