Border Patrol Arrests Drop

El Paso – Arrests of illegal immigrants in West Texas and New Mexico are down substantially this month compared to previous years.

The U.S. Border Patrol says agents assigned to the El Paso sector made 8,000 arrests between June 1 and June 23. Last year, agents arrested 15,000 suspected illegal immigrants and in 2007, 75,000 were caught.

Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier says illegal immigrants are either going to other areas to try to cross into the U.S. from Mexico or not coming at all.

The El Paso sector covers West Texas and all of New Mexico.


Information from: Headlight,

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