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Criminal Alien Statistics Fiscal Year 2020

The following is a summary of U.S. Border Patrol enforcement actions related to arrests of criminal aliens for Fiscal Years 2016 - 2020.

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.


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.

 FY16FY17FY18FY 19FY20
U.S. Border Patrol Criminal Alien Arrests12,8428,5316,6984,2692,438

Fiscal Year 2020 runs October 01, 2019 - September 30, 2020.



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.

Assault, battery, domestic violence1,007692524299208
Burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, fraud825595347184143
Driving under the influence2,4581,5961,113614364
Homicide, manslaughter83323
Illegal drug possession, trafficking1,7971,249871449386
Illegal entry, re-entry7,0604,5023,9202,6631,261
Illegal weapons possession, transport, trafficking2371731066649
Sexual offenses1551378058156
Other 12,5441,8511,364814580

Fiscal Year 2020 runs October 01, 2019 - September 30, 2020.
“Other” includes any conviction not included in the categories above.

Last modified: 
November 19, 2020