Third Year Of Fewer Illegal Immigrants Caught

Third year of fewer illegal immigrants caught

The Associated Press, June 16, 2009

McAllen, TX (AP) — The number of Border Patrol apprehensions nationwide has dropped for a third consecutive year, according to new government data.

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics reports that the U.S. Border Patrol charged with catching illegal immigrants near the nation's boundaries had 724,000 apprehensions in 2008. That's down from nearly 1.2 million in 2005.

Ninety-seven percent of those apprehensions were on the southwest border with Mexico ,and 91 percent of those caught were Mexican.