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October 2023

A snapshot of Immigration Flows into the US
By Armando Lopez-Velasco

Arrest data offers an interesting snapshot of who comes to the US in an unauthorized way. Figure 5 shows the number of arrests by the border patrol along the Mexican border, starting in 2008 as available from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. Starting in 2008, these numbers stayed below 500,000 arrests per year until 2019 which saw 860,000 arrests, then decreased during 2020 when countries closed borders and much of the economic activity was restricted during the early stages of the COVID pandemic. Finally, 2021 and 2022 have seen these numbers skyrocket to 1.65 and 2.2 million arrests respectively......[Citing TRAC data and research].

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