Again, this is taken from the Transcript of PRESIDENT OBAMAS speech on Immigration.
"Today we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. And over the past six years illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half."
What do we find if these Statements are checked?
Well, referring to the number of Border Patrol Agents, this is what we find:
YEAR 2013 2010 2005 2000
TOTAL # OF AGENTS 21,391. 20,558. 11,264. 9,212.
ON STAFF. (U.S.)
# ASSIGNED TO THE 18,611. 17,535. 9,891. 8,580.
We see it is true that the Total # of Agents has increased, both Nationally and in the Southwestern Operations Area.
Here are the APPREHENSION NUMBERS FOR 2011- 2013, FOR THE U.S. BORDER PATROL, FOR INDIVIDUALS ILLEGALLY ENTERING U.S.
YEAR 2013 2012 2011
TOTAL # OF 420,789. 364,768. 340,252.
U.S. (ALL SECTORS.)
# OF APPREHENSIONS 414,397. 356,873. 327,577.
IN THE SOUTHWEST
We can see that in just 3 years, the TOTAL # OF APPREHENSIONS HAS INCREASED FROM 340,252 TO 420,789. THE # FOR THE SOUTHWEST SECTOR HAS GONE UP FROM 327,577 TO 414,397.
THE ABOVE NUMBERS INDICATE AN INCREASE IN TOTAL STAFF, AND IN THE NUMBER OF APPREHENSIONS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE SOUTHWEST SECTOR.
(SOURCES- THE U.S. BORDER PATROL, AND THE U.S. DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY.)
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