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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 - 2018, and FY 2019 TD (to date) (October 1, 2018 - July 31, 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.

ARRESTS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS 
FY 2016 - FYTD 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 FYTD 19
U.S. Border Patrol Criminal Alien Arrests 12,842 8,531 6,698 3,779

TOTAL CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS BY TYPE
FY 2016 - FYTD 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 FYTD 19
Assault, battery, domestic violence 1,007 692 524 260
Burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, fraud 825 595 347 158
Driving under the influence 2,458 1,596 1,113 540
Homicide, manslaughter 8 3 3 2
Illegal drug possession, trafficking 1,797 1,249 871 395
Illegal entry, re-entry 7,060 4,502 3,920 2,379
Illegal weapons possession, transport, trafficking 237 173 106 53
Sexual offenses 155 137 80 54
Other2 2,544 1,851 1,364 705

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

Last modified: 
August 8, 2019