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Criminal Alien Statistics - FY2018

The following is a summary of U.S. Border Patrol enforcement actions related to arrests of criminal aliens for Fiscal Years1 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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.

FY2016 - 2018 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.

  FY2016 FY2017 FY18
U.S. Border Patrol Criminal Alien Arrests 12,842 8,531 6,698

FY2016 - FY2018

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.

  FY2016 FY2017 FY18
Assault, battery, domestic violence 1,007 692 524
Burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, fraud 825 595 347
Driving under the influence 2,458 1,596 1,113
Homicide, manslaughter 8 3 3
Illegal drug possession, trafficking 1,797 1,249 871
Illegal entry, re-entry 7,060 4,502 3,920
Illegal weapons possession, transport, trafficking 237 173 106
Sexual offenses 155 137 80
Other2 2,544 1,851 1,364

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

Last modified: 
March 14, 2019