Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
California border apprehensions lowest in over 10 years
Number of those caught attempting to cross border illegally dropping
The number of people caught trying to cross into California illegally has dropped to its lowest number in over 10 years, according to Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials. CBP officials recently stated that the lower number in apprehensions is due to better security and a lower number of people attempting to cross into the U.S.
California’s two CBP sectors are divided into the San Diego and El Centro sector. The El Centro sector, which covers the border in Imperial County, recorded 23,916 apprehensions in 2012. Last year’s number is down from 30,191 in 2011 and 108,273 in 2002. The San Diego sector, which covers San Diego County, recorded 28,461 apprehensions last year. That figure is down from 42,447 in 2011 and 100,681 in 2002.
Other sectors saw a rise in apprehensions, such as Yuma, Laredo, Del Rio, and the Rio Grande Valley.
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