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Border Patrol reports arrests in February 2019 are highest since March 2009

  1. Date Announced

    March 5, 2019

    Border Patrol reports that in February 2019, it arrested 66,450 migrants at the southwest border, the highest single-month total since March 2009. [ID #377]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 5, 2019
  3. Subsequent Action

    April 11, 2019

    Border Patrol arrested nearly 93,000 migrants at the southwest border in March 2019, a steep increase over the same month a year earlier and a pace that resembled the higher monthly levels in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. It’s the highest monthly total since 2007.

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Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Data and Reports
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CBP

Commentary

Border agents arrested 66,000 border crossers in February

Border agents have arrested 268,00 people since the start of the fiscal year in October — an average of 53,600 people per month, the highest rate since 2008. Administration officials laid blame on Congress and the courts for encouraging people to migrate illegally, even as Republican resistance grows against Trump’s national emergency declaration.

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