Illegal Aliens Apprehended by Border Patrol Up 15% in FY 2013

Susan Jones, CNS News, January 23, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions–a key indicator of illegal immigration–increased for the second year in a row in fiscal 2013, the agency reported in a recent summary of border activity.

Apprehensions–the number of people caught trying to enter the country illegally–totaled 420,789 in Fiscal Year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012-Sept. 30 2013). That’s 15.35 percent above the 364,768 apprehensions in FY 2012; and 23.67 percent above the 340,252 apprehensions in FY 2011.

The Border Patrol says a greater number of apprehensions indicates a higher number of attempted illegal border crossings.

While apprehensions of Mexicans in FY 2013 remained largely unchanged from FY 2012, apprehensions of people from countries other than Mexico, mainly individuals from Central America, increased by 55 percent, the report said.

In fact, of the total 420,789 border apprehensions in fiscal 2013, 414,397 of them (or 98.48 percent) happened along the Southwest Border.

The increase in total border apprehensions in FY 2013 and FY 2012 comes after six years of decline (see below); and it coincides with the relaxing of immigration policy by the Obama administration.

Nationwide Illegal Alien Apprehensions
Fiscal Years 2005-2013

FY 2005:  1,189,075
FY 2006:  1,089,092
FY 2007:    876,704
FY 2008:    723,825
FY 2009:    556,041
FY 2010:    463,382
FY 2011:    340,255
FY 2012:    364,768
FY 2013:    420,789


Most recently, President Obama declared 2014 to be a “year of action,” and he has put immigration reform at the top of his agenda. He wants Congress to pass legislation that provides an estimated 11 million illegal aliens who are already in the U.S. with a “legal way to earn citizenship so they can come out of the shadows.”

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  • NeanderthalDNA

    Have they given them taxpayer funded cell phones to call home or Mr. Obama?

  • Luca

    They are coming in greater numbers because the smell of amnesty is in the air and it has drifted south.

  • bigone4u

    Idea: Establish a one mile no-man’s land running the length of the US-Mexico border. Patrol with machine-gun equipped drones. Advertise presence of drones. Obama, a psychopath in my view, has said, “I’m really good at killing people,” referring to drone strikes in Afghanistan. I think he would like my idea, although it might cut the number of future Democrat voters.

  • Spartacus

    If one of them passes through – it’s far too many .

  • mobilebay

    “Living in the shadows…” One of the biggest lies of all. If DHS can’t find them, I’ll be happy to tell them where illegals hang out, and it’s definitely not in the shadows. How about grocery stores, emergency rooms, welfare offices, on jobs Americans should have, in our schools, and marching in the streets demanding more! So get busy DHS or ICE and send them home where they belong. We cannot babysit the world.

  • The best fence American tax money can buy!

  • LACounty

    More important than a fence are politicians that enforce immigration laws.