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Criminal Alien Statistics Fiscal Year 2019

The following is a summary of U.S. Border Patrol enforcement actions related to arrests of criminal aliens for Fiscal Years 2016 - FY 2019.

Records checks of available law enforcement databases following the apprehension of an alien may reveal a history of criminal conviction(s). That conviction information is recorded in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection database, from which the data below is derived.

FY 2016 - FY 2019 TOTALS

The term “criminal alien” refers to aliens who have been convicted of one or more crimes, whether in the United States or abroad, prior to interdiction by the U.S. Border Patrol; it does not include convictions for conduct that is not deemed criminal by the United States. Arrests of criminal aliens are a subset of total apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol.

  FY 16 FY 17 FY 18 FY 19
U.S. Border Patrol Criminal Alien Arrests 12,842 8,531 6,698 4,269

FY 2016 - FY 2019

This table organizes nationwide convictions of criminal aliens by type of criminal conduct. Because some criminal aliens may be convicted of multiple criminal offenses, total convictions listed below exceed the total arrests noted in the table above.

  FY 16 FY 17 FY 18 FY 19
Assault, battery, domestic violence 1,007 692 524 299
Burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, fraud 825 595 347 184
Driving under the influence 2,458 1,596 1,113 614
Homicide, manslaughter 8 3 3 2
Illegal drug possession, trafficking 1,797 1,249 871 449
Illegal entry, re-entry 7,060 4,502 3,920 2,663
Illegal weapons possession, transport, trafficking 237 173 106 66
Sexual offenses 155 137 80 58
Other2 2,544 1,851 1,364 814

1CBP’s Fiscal Year is October 1 through September 30.
2“Other” includes any conviction not included in the categories above.

Last modified: 
October 29, 2019