HomeNewsBriefNumber of Migrants Stopped at Mexico-US Border Falls to 40-Year Low
BRIEF

Number of Migrants Stopped at Mexico-US Border Falls to 40-Year Low

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 15 SEP 2011 BY JEANNA CULLINAN EN

The number of immigrants arrested on the U.S. border with Mexico has reached a 40 year low, with only 305,000 individuals arrested in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2011.

Apprehensions on the border reached their peak of 1.5 million a year in 1999, after which they returned to the average of approximately one million per year seen throughout the 1990s. The number of arrests by Border Patrol have been declining from that average since 2006, and arrests in 2011 are approaching their lowest level since 1972, evidence that immigration from Mexico has slowed dramatically.

The Border Patrol cites the increased role of technology and number of agents assigned to the border as effectively deterring illegal immigration. The tightened security implemented by the Border Patrol in the wake of September 11, 2001, shifted illegal immigration routes out of cities and into more remote areas, which has increased the involvement of criminal groups in the human smuggling market.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

INFOGRAPHICS / 29 MAR 2019

Authorities in Mexico have identified seven gangs that are posing major security threats in the country’s capital, although their status…

MEXICO / 19 JUL 2017

The presence of armed civilian self-defense groups across Mexico will only cause "anarchy," according to the country's interior minister. His…

COLOMBIA / 2 AUG 2011

While the presidents of Colombia and Mexico announce their good intentions at high-level talks, key security cooperation is already taking…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.