Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Border Patrol and apprehensions

The Border Patrol released data on apprehensions from the 2005-2008 period. News stories have focused on the fact that the number is the lowest since 1973, a combination of the economy and enforcement (in particular, enforcement raises smuggler fees).

However, there were a few other points that caught my eye.

First, the share of Salvadorans of the total apprehensions has dropped, from 3.3 percent in 2005 to 1.8 percent in 2008. A similar dynamic holds for Honduras and Brazil. The report claims this is due to the end of the "catch and release" policy for non-Mexican immigrants. But if that is the case, why do other countries (especially Guatemala, the numbers for which have remained largely constant) not experience similar drops?

Second, given the rapid growth of the Latino population in the U.S. South, I found it interesting that the Border Patrol lists only three geographic categories: Southwest, North, and Coastal. I suppose the entire South is coastal? Given the changing settlement patterns, they should update that to provide a more detailed picture.

Third, the age of the people being apprehending is slowly getting older. Those who are 24 and younger are going down, while age groups over 24 are going up. This reflects the demographic changes in Latin America, where fertility has been decreasing.

2 comments:

Vicente Duque 12:13 PM  

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