Monday numbers: A closer look at what’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border

Monday numbers: A closer look at what’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border

Border Patrol agents apprehended more migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 2018-Sept. 2019) than any year since 2007, and the Pew Research Center released a closer look last week at some of the shifting dynamics. Immigration has been a major policy focus for President Donald Trump’s administration, as well as for Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly – and now U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis is pushing a bill that would force local law enforcement to work with federal immigration officials.

Below are some of the numbers the reflect what’s happening at the southwestern border.

851,508 – apprehensions in the 2019 fiscal year

115% – increase in apprehensions from the 2018 fiscal year to 2019

80% ­– of those apprehended in 2019, the number who were non-Mexicans

2% – the number of non-Mexicans apprehended in 2000 (the earliest year for which data is available)

264,168 – the number of Guatemalans apprehended (the largest number for a single nationality)

166,458 – the number of Mexicans apprehended

1 million+ – the number of Mexicans regularly apprehended per year during the 1980’s, 90’s and early 2000’s

132,856 – the number of apprehensions in May – the busiest month

2019 – the first year on record that Mexicans did not account for the largest single country of origin in apprehensions

71% – the Northern Triangle nations (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) accounted for this percentage of all apprehensions in 2019

473,682 – the number of “family units” apprehended in 2019 (more than four times the next-highest annual total of family member apprehensions on record)

56% – percentage of all apprehensions that this represented

76,020 – apprehensions of unaccompanied children ages 17 and younger in 2019 (also the highest on record)

477% – the surge in migrant apprehensions in 2019 compared to 2018 in the El Paso border sector (apprehensions rose in every border sector in 2019)

Up to 2/3 – Share of future would-be immigrants to the U.S. that could be kept out of the country as the result of Trump administration proclamation that was slated to go into effect on November 3

Sources: Pew Research Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, “Trump quietly cut legal immigration by up to 65%,”, Oct. 30,2019