Agency Experiences Record Number of Family Unit Apprehensions
EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection released its Fiscal Year 2019 southwest border migration statistics during a press conference today near the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas.
CBP personnel took more than 1.1 million enforcement actions nationwide in Fiscal Year 2019, a 68 percent increase over the preceding year. The surge in enforcement actions was driven largely by activity on the southwest border, where CBP personnel:
CBP addressed the unprecedented migration flows in part by constructing 76 miles of new border wall system in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An additional 156 miles of wall are currently under construction, with 276 miles in the preconstruction process.
CBP’s accomplishments did not end at the southwest border. Nationwide, the agency arrested 976 gang members and seized increased quantities of contraband, including:
CBP Air and Marine Operations contributed to the seizure or disruption of an additional 285,000 pounds of cocaine in the transit zone.
Furthermore, CBP hiring outpaced attrition in Fiscal Year 2019. The agency hired a total of 3,348 law enforcement personnel, an increase of 46% over the previous fiscal year.
To view CBP’s southwest border migration statistics, please visit our website.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.