ICE: Apprehensions of Illegals from Countries ‘Other Than Mexico’ Up 27%

By Penny Starr | April 30, 2014 | 2:32 PM EDT

Illegal migrants wait in holding facilities to be returned to Mexico (Photo: Gerald L. Nino/CBP)

( – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that the number of apprehensions of people illegally entering the U.S. from countries “other than Mexico” has increased by 27 percent in 2013.

Under the “Changing Demographics of Border Apprehensions” tab on its website, ICE reports that in fiscal year 2013, the number of “recent border crossers” taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection agents increased from 71,257 in 2012 to 90,461 in 2013, or a 27 percent increase.

“This shift in the demographics of border apprehensions triggered an increase in ICE's use of its detention and removal resources for recent border crossers as CBP is only able to effectuate the return of individuals to Mexico,” the ICE report states.

The statistics from 2013 also includes some information on “removed population by citizenship.”

Those statistics show that of 357,422 aliens removed, the majority is still from Mexico, with 241,493 removals. The three countries following Mexico for the most removals are Guatemala (47,769), Honduras (37,049) and El Salvador (21,602).

Other countries on the “Top 10” list are Dominican Republic (2,462), Ecuador (1,616), Brazil (1,500), Colombia (1,429), Nicaragua (1,383) and Jamaica (1,119).

The total number of removals for fiscal year 2013 was 368,644. However, “ICE conducted a total of 368,644 removals” that year, which means the citizenship of 11,222 apprehended illegal aliens is not provided in the statistics.