Del Rio, Texas – Apprehensions by Del Rio Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents increased for the fourth straight year according to numbers released recently by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“Although these are the highest apprehension numbers we’ve had since 2006 they are still significantly lower than our high-watermark achieved in the year 2000,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch. “That year Del Rio Sector agents apprehended a total of 157,178.”
“In FY06, as our Consequence Delivery System was in full swing, our apprehension total was 42,636,” Chief Karisch noted. “And, by the next year it was cut nearly in half.”
The Consequence Delivery System – with the cooperation of strategic partners including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Magistrates, and the U.S. Marshal Service – provides dual consequences for those found to have entered the country illegally.
“With implementation of CDS – criminal prosecution followed by deportation,” said Chief Karisch, “Del Rio Sector’s recidivism rate in FY13 was well below the average seen along the rest of the Southwest Border.”
In FY13 Del Rio Sector agents apprehended a total of 23,510 illegal aliens, an 8 percent increase over FY12 totals. Of the 23,510 apprehended, 18,477 were prosecuted for illegal entry into the United States – the highest prosecution rate in the nation.
“This increase in apprehensions is an indication that our recent partnerships with other federal agencies, as well as state and local law enforcement, have had positive effects in securing the border,” said Chief Karisch. “These partnerships allow us to maximize our use of personnel, equipment and law enforcement infrastructure.”
Of the illegal aliens apprehended in the Del Rio Sector, 40 percent were from countries other than Mexico. Also, 2,606 taken into custody were juveniles – a 40 percent increase over last year’s totals for Del Rio Sector. Nationwide, the increase in juvenile detentions for illegal entry rose a mere 8 percent.
“Of the juveniles apprehended, only 18 percent were among family units,” Chief Karisch noted. “The remaining 72 percent were unaccompanied by adults. Historically, this factor has made juveniles vulnerable to criminal organizations that would use minors to do their bidding.”
In order to keep pace with this trend, Del Rio Sector’s Prosecutions Unit has developed new protocols to deal with juveniles who have taken on roles traditionally held by adults among transnational criminal organizations.
Agents throughout the Del Rio Sector seized a total of 34,924 pounds of marijuana during FY13, worth an estimated $27,939,200.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.