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Criminal Alien Statistics FY2017

The following is a summary of U.S. Border Patrol enforcement actions related to arrests of criminal aliens for Fiscal Years1 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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.

FY2015-2016 totals, and FY2017 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.

  FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
U.S. Border Patrol Criminal Alien Arrests 19,117 12,842 8,531

FY2015-2016 totals, and FY2017 totals

This table organizes 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.

  FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
Assault, battery, domestic violence 1,751 1,007 692
Burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, fraud 1,486 825 595
Driving under the influence 3,459 2,458 1,596
Homicide, manslaughter 12 8 3
Illegal drug possession, trafficking 3,359 1,797 1,249
Illegal entry, re-entry 9,614 7,060 4,502
Illegal weapons possession, transport, trafficking 406 237 173
Sexual offenses 312 155 137
Other2 3,604 2,544 1,851

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

Last modified: 
December 14, 2017