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Illegal Entries in San Diego Decreased in November

Release Date: 
December 18, 2019

SAN DIEGO — Compared to this time last fiscal year, San Diego Sector Border Patrol (SDC) has experienced a 17% decrease in apprehensions from 8,804 to 7,318. The hardworking agents of San Diego Sector continue to diligently impede and deny illegal entries. Agents also protect our communities from dangerous drugs being smuggled into the country.


The November breakdown of individuals processed in SDC is 170 unaccompanied alien children (UAC), 388 family units (FMU), and 3,119 single adults. UACs and FMUs continue to strain resources in San Diego as these demographics are the most draining in regards to manpower and supplies. However, due to policies that the administration has implemented, there has been an 81% decrease in UACs and FMUs in SDC when compared to November 2018.


In November, there were 42,649 enforcement actions for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) nationwide.  This represents a six percent decrease when compared to October.  Of these, 33,510 apprehensions were by Border Patrol agents who operate in-between official ports of entry and 9,139 inadmissible aliens were arrested by CBP officers at ports of entry.  This decline includes a six percent decline in inadmissible aliens at ports of entry and a five percent decline in USBP apprehensions.


November decreases are attributed primarily to lower U.S. Border Patrol FMU apprehensions, which have decreased by seven percent since October.  However, last fiscal year we saw extremely concerning numbers nationwide with nearly a million apprehensions and inadmissible aliens. Read: Fiscal Year 2019 accomplishments.


The following are the total drug seizures for San Diego Sector during the month of November:

Cocaine: 33 lbs.

Marijuana: 10 lbs.

Meth: 190 lbs.

Heroin: 0 lbs.

Fentanyl: 25 lbs.


To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.



Last modified: 
December 18, 2019