Arrests for US immigration violations fall

Arrests for US immigration violations fall
Published:  24 Jul at 9 AM
As the number of Mexicans heading north to the US with no documents drops, the US government says that apprehensions for federal immigration offences have fallen to a 40-year low.

Meanwhile, the number of suspects taken in for criminal immigration offences by the US Marshals Service has seen a dramatic rise, a result of more stringent law on the American side of the border.

The US Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report saying that the amount of apprehensions relating to immigration has declined steadily, climbing to a record high of 1.8 million in 2000 but falling to its lowest level since 1972 in 2010 – 516, 992.

Nestor P Rodriguez, a sociology professor at the University of Texas, said that the economic slump in the US, more stability in certain Mexican regions, increased enforcement on the US border and the fall in Mexico’s birth rate are some of the reasons for the decline. He went on to say, however, that the number of arrests for immigration offences is on the up, something which may largely be a result of greater enforcement efforts.

The Marshals Service arrested 82,438 suspects for federal criminal immigration offences in 2010, up from 8,777 in 1994. Over a seven-year period ending in 2010, the amount of border patrol officers almost doubled, from 10,819 in 2003 to 20,558, according to the study.