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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 16FY 17FY 18FY 19
U.S. Border Patrol Criminal Alien Arrests12,8428,5316,6984,269

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 16FY 17FY 18FY 19
Assault, battery, domestic violence1,007692524299
Burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, fraud825595347184
Driving under the influence2,4581,5961,113614
Homicide, manslaughter8332
Illegal drug possession, trafficking1,7971,249871449
Illegal entry, re-entry7,0604,5023,9202,663
Illegal weapons possession, transport, trafficking23717310666
Sexual offenses1551378058

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

Last modified: 
November 14, 2019