Customs and Border Protection reports show a 34 percent reduction in border apprehensions during 2017 as compared to 2016. Reports show that during 2016 there were 415,816 undocumented immigrants apprehended crossing into the U.S while in 2017 it decreased to 310,531 total apprehensions.
The Del Rio Sector had 23,078 apprehensions in 2016 and decreased by 41 percent to 13,476 in 2017.
One of the major issues is the number of immigrants involved in arrests and convictions in the U. S including weapons, sexual assaults, robbery, obstructing police, theft, kidnapping, drugs, homicide, burglary, assaults, and other offenses. There have been 744,807 cases reported from 2011 to 2017 involving undocumented immigrants’ arrests.
CBP has also reported a decrease in undocumented immigrant deaths.
The US Border Patrol reported 294 migrant deaths in the fiscal year 2017 (ending September 30, 2017), which was lower than in 2016 (322), and any year during the period 2003-2014. The highest number of deaths reported over the period 1998-2016 were the 492 deaths reported by the Border Patrol in 2005. Exposure (including heat stroke, dehydration, and hyperthermia) were the leading causes of the deaths.