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Arrests along Mexico border at lowest level in 46 years

Staff Writer | December 5, 2017
The number of people arrested crossing the U.S. border from Mexico has reached the lowest level in 46 years as deportations has risen.
America   Interior removals
The statistics include eight months under President Donald Trump, who signed an executive order on Jan. 25 for increased immigration enforcement.

In the 2017 fiscal year, U.S. border agents made 310,531 arrests, a decline of 24 percent from 2016 and the lowest number since 1971.

The government's fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2016, and included nearly four months under former President Barack Obama. Of the arrests, 304,000 were made along the Southwest border.

However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's apprehension of people picked up for deportation away from the border increased 25 percent from last year. After Trump took office on Jan. 20, arrests rose 40 percent.

"Interior removals," which are deportations after being arrested away from the border, increased 25 percent.