The U.S. Border Patrol is moving to halt a revolving-door policy of sending illegal aliens back to Mexico without punishing them first, The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, the agency is reworking how it deals with the 1,954-mile U.S./Mexican border. Years of growth in the Border Patrol staff and technology have helped drive down the number of illegal aliens who attempt to cross the border.
The AP reported that the number of agents employed by the agency has doubled to 21,000 since 2004.
In fiscal year 2011, agents apprehended 327,000 illegal immigrants on the border, down 80 percent from more than 1.6 million in 2000. This marked the slowest year for the agency since 1971, according to the news outlet.
The AP reported that the Border Patrol will soon change policies for those who are apprehended, releasing a new strategy in the next several weeks.