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Despite crush of children, illegal immigration low

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 22, 2014 at 11:07 am •  Published: July 22, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border without their parents and thousands more families with children.

Here's a look at some numbers on the immigration situation.

—In the last budget year, Border Patrol agents arrested about 420,000 people, most of them along the Mexican border. That followed a three-year trend of near record low numbers of apprehensions.

—Overall, the number of immigrants caught sneaking across the border remains at near historic low levels.

—The last time so few people were arrested at the country's borders was 1973, when the Border Patrol recorded just fewer than 500,000 arrests.

—The number of people being arrested at the border remains dramatically lower than the all-time high of more than 1.6 million people in 2000.

What makes the situation on the border today different is who is crossing and where.

—Since 2012 the number of unaccompanied children caught at the border has been steadily rising.

—Compared to the first 10 months of the 2013 budget year, the number has more than doubled. And since most of the children are from Central America, they can't be quickly sent home like their Mexican counterparts.

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