Fewer people getting caught at border

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SAN DIEGO – A recent report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows the number of people getting caught at the California-Mexican border is way down.

The Border Patrol’s San Diego sector reportedly caught 28,461 people trying to illegally cross the border in 2012.  It’s the lowest number of apprehensions in more than a decade and a fraction of the 162,390 people caught in 2008.

u.s.-border-patrol—use-thThe numbers for the El Centro sector are also plummeting, the report stated.

The government credits improved security and fewer people trying to get across the border.

Immigration law professor at UC Davis Gabriel Chin said the latest numbers also indicate the immigration crisis that prompted state regulations like Arizona’s SB1070 law was in the process of solving itself.

“The economy in Mexico is getting better.  Our economy was getting worse.  The demand for labor in the U.S. was diminishing,” said Chin.

Chin was at UCSD to give a lecture in immigration reform Tuesday.  While he supports securing the border, he said some non-citizens should be allowed to stay in the U.S.

“To the extent the undocumented, non-citizens have committed serious crimes – they should go,” he said.  “If they’ve been law-abiding and if they’ve been the type of people we want as immigrants – they’ve worked, obeyed the law, formed families – then they should be allowed to stay.  That’s what we’ve done in the past.  I think that’s what we should do again.”


    • Amy

      Wrong its because California is letting them in. With all of the businesses and people leaving the State the only money California is going to get is sales taxes.

  • John

    The article states that the number of apprehensions is at an all time low. What about the people the Border Patrol is not catching? What about the numbers of people that get away that are not reported?

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