/ Modified apr 24, 2015 4:16 p.m.

DHS: Border Apprehensions Drop In 2015

Fewer apprehensions so far this year than in 2013 or 2012, Secretary Johnson says

Border Patrol agent in Tucson sector spotlight A Border Patrol agent in the Arizona desert looking through binoculars.
Fernanda Echavarri, AZPM


U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced a 28 percent reduction in the number of illegal border crossers caught along the U.S.-Mexico border during the first six months of fiscal year 2015.

The federal government's fiscal year begins in October and ends in September.

“The number, this year, of apprehensions at the six-month point is also lower than it was in 2013,” Johnson said. He said the number is lower than the same time frame in 2012.

Johnson said apprehensions are down in all subcategories including unaccompanied children, families, and single adults.

Despite the drop in apprehensions, Johnson is not celebrating, “We are not declaring mission accomplished.”

DHS officials point to a number of factors when they try to explain the drop in illegal border crossers. Johnson said a major contributor was improved communications with the governments of Central American countries where many of the migrants in last summer’s surge began their trips.

“A large part of the reason for the decrease in what we are seeing on our southern border, “said Johnson, “is because of the efforts of the government in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.”

An increase in the number of Central Americans trying to cross the border illegally is underway. Officials with Homeland Security said it does not compare to last year’s surge.


By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
AZPM is a service of the University of Arizona and our broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents who hold the trademarks for Arizona Public Media and AZPM. We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples.
The University of Arizona