Unauthorized Immigrant Arrests Up Near Deming Border Station

Deming Border Patrol officials say agents saw a jump in arrests of undocumented immigrants along its patrol area of the New Mexico-Mexico border.

The Deming Headlight reports that an official from the Deming Border Patrol station said last week that in the second half of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, there was a 28 percent increase in arrests of undocumented immigrants in the area. He said 253 more people were arrested from June to December in 2012 than in 2011.

Meanwhile, statistics for Operation Border Jaguar, which includes two outposts in New Mexico's Bootheel region, show apprehensions are down 70 percent with seizures down about 34 percent. Officials say a third border patrol outpost near Antelope Wells is expected to begin operation early next year.

Information from: The Deming Headlight.

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