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Fewer Illegal Border Crossers Reported

December 8, 2011 by  

Fewer Illegal Border Crossers Reported

Arrests of illegal immigrants along the U.S. border with Mexico are at the lowest level since the 1970s, indicating that fewer people are attempting to cross the border to live or work in the United States.

During the 2011 fiscal year, Border Patrol arrested 327,577 people trying to cross the Southern U.S. border. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials deported a record 396,906 people in the same period. This is the first time in decades that more people were deported than entered the country, according to The Associated Press

The number of arrests of people trying to sneak across the border has been steadily declining since 2006, after an all-time high of more than 1.6 million apprehensions in 2000. Reports indicate that more immigrants now seek citizenship.

“This is all part of a larger picture that we’re not seeing very many new undocumented immigrants coming in, so the share of new undocumented immigrants is smaller,” said Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center. “A lot of people are staying. They’ve put down roots. There clearly hasn’t been a large-scale departure of people who have been here awhile.”

Some officials believe that the lower number of individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States is related to the slow economy and that, if conditions improve, illegal immigration will spike.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Pat

    what a bunch of baloney, the illegals are still coming into the country as much as ever but the ovomit admin. has sent out word to let them in, after all they are needed to vote for the Ds. the border patrol has their hands tied & are not allowed to stop them, what a joke all this so called guarding the borders has become

    • momplayer

      I fully agree! Their comong in on first class air flights,taken to the welfare office by limo.Nothing too good for these poor down troden illegals.

    • wandamurline

      Why turn them in…no one does anything about their criminal tresspassing anyways. This administration refused to uphold the constitution and the Demorats support it, so until we can fire all of them in 2012, there will be no change. What gets me is that in the 1950′s Eisenhower deported 12 million “legal” immigrant workers back to Mexico so our soldiers returning from Korea would have jobs. If he could do it in the 50′s, what is the problem now? Our government can trace a mad cow back to its original mother and barn where it was born, but they can’t find an illegal in America. Shameless. When America is gone under, you can thank people like Obama, Holder and others as the illegals in this country cost the American tax payers billions of dollars a year in freebies.

    • eddie47d

      Since this information has been in the news for awhile why all the nasty attacks against Obama. What part of he is doing better than the Bush’s,Reagan and Clinton don’t you get.There is still plenty of work to do in securing our borders but the tide has turned for a change. Take the good news and accept it for a change instead of twisting it into hyperbole.

      • meteorlady

        You definitely need to leave Reagan out. Reagan signed the amnesty only when the Democrats PROMISED to pour money into securing the borders. Reagan did not want to do it, and the result was that about 67% of those applying got in on false documentation. We allowed some 1.4 million to get green cards and they in turn, during a 10 year period petitioned to bring family members in which amounted to another 2.3 MILLION. After 10 years, most all were on some type of public assistance.

        The outcome in congress was that the Democrats did not vote to secure the border and reneged on their promise.

      • eddie47d

        I doubt if most were on public assistance but what could be expected when farmers don’t pay them much. There are alot of minimum wage Americans on food stamps too. We all know politicians seldom follow through in getting any job done. The Republicans did it on the NAFTA bill and went back on the promise it wouldn’t affect American jobs/whether on wages or the total workforce.

        • USAF VET

          Since they weren’t U.S. Citizens, they had no right to public assistance in the first place. If they want welfare let them go back to their own countries and apply. What gives them the right to live of the dime of the taxpayers when they don’t pay any kind of tax at all?

      • http://naver samurai

        Now we both know Obama bin Laden isn’t doing a darn thing. I’ll bet if McCain would have won election, you would be jumping all over this article about how it is a lie. You know you would. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        P.S. I could be that less reports are coming from the Boarder Patrol Agents, due to them being stretched out very thin or dying in the field.

  • bill

    Maybe it is because the Dumbommer administration is ordering the border patrol to look the other way and not to enforce the imigrations laws. That is why the States are taking it upon themselves to create their own imigration laws because the government will not do it.

  • http://Yahoo Rob

    I don’t buy this information stated in this article. More deported, more ILLEGALs staying put??? Well, maybe more staying put. WHY NOT??? FREE social benefits give them more incentive to stay. ILLEGALS are living better with the FREEBIES than some of our own LEGAL citizens. $BILLIONS$ annually spent on FREEBIES for ILLEGALS.

  • Papa

    I don’t know where the influx has “slowed” but it sure isn’t anywhere along the South Texas border! The only difference I can see is that now our “LOCAL” Police are also capturing them, which might account for more deportations, but with “Obama” now deporting only known felons, that should drop dramatically…

  • DavidL

    Do try to get a grip on reality, your delusions are destructive to yourself and to our country. Here is a real world fact for you.

    “Arrests of illegal immigrants along the U.S. border with Mexico are at the lowest level since the 1970s, indicating that fewer people are attempting to cross the border to live or work in the United States.”

    Here is another fact for you.

    President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than all Republican presidents combined. His policies have resulted in the fact cited above. Can you spell Reagan and amnesty?

    • Pat

      If you believe there are more illegals coming across the border, I have a bridge I desparately need to sell. Ovomit has put the word out to the Border Patrol to look the other way, therefore there is no paper work & of course there are less illegals. Ovomit needs them to vote for him

      • DavidL

        Prove it. ??????

        • USAF VET

          His minions, (ACORN), among others are registering them to vote even though they are illegal. That tells me Obumski relishes the influx of these illetal trespassers.

          • USAF VET

            Illegal, not illetal

    • http://naver samurai

      Care to cite a source? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • 45caliber

    The reduction in numbers is not a surprise. Our economy has been going down and there are far fewer jobs available.

  • http://PLD anthony

    Hey you know their are fewer immigrants, because their all here already……no really because their is no work left in this country for illegal immigrants!

  • meteorlady

    So my cousin works the border. They are told to “scare” them back across so that the monthly statics look better. They are coming here in droves with their false paperwork because they see amnesty coming AGAIN and they don’t want to miss out.

  • Marv

    If they are not coming in is because we got them all and their countries are ripe for takeover.

  • Antonio

    I would agree with both 45 and Anthony. Illegals mostly work in the construction business, but since there is not much work going on; then there is no reason to come here. However, Meterolady has a point too. Illeglas still have their hope at amnesty; then they will be able to get any job. They probably are still coming here by the thousands everyday.
    The only way they(the government) would do something about the border issues, is if there was some mass shooting leaving a couple hundred dead illegals. It would only take about 6 good citizens to go to a hot spot where they cross by the hundreds and set up an ambush, then gun’em down. After that, they would shut the damn border down.

  • http://na Jim

    There still coming its just they aren’t being caught because the border patrol is spending more time chasing the narcotrafficers and letting the others go. Plus obama stopped the raids. The ones that have been here awhile are not going to leave when the employers still keep hiring them. They also have a lobby that will get them citizenship if they stay off the radar. And then there is the good old Anchor Baby issue. Yes the bad economy helps deter them some but not that much. It’s funny that the pro-illegals say they only take jobs we don’t want but I know many construction workers who haven’t worked for a long time because the employers get away with hiring the illegals because they can pay them less. They also don’t have to worry about covering unemployment or taxes on them either. It’s a win win situation for the corrupt businesses. You know our American greedy types.

  • steve in AZ

    QUOTE- Some officials believe that the lower number of individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States is related to the slow economy and that, if conditions improve, illegal immigration will spike.


    That 1.6 million that were apprehended and deported have finally (in the 5 years since 2006) all made it across, and there’s only three illegals trying every day to enter – the same three, which are all that are left in Mexico. Your tax dollars at work. :)

  • brianS

    Why would you come, it is better on their side now. Soon the mexicans will be stopping good old USA citizens from illegally entering Mexico for work.

  • Bob

    Arrests of Border Agents are up.


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