Border: 205,000 apprehensions, gotaways in February as gotaways increasing in west

(The Center Square) – More than 205,000 foreign nationals were apprehended or reported as gotaways after illegally entering the southwest border in February, according to preliminary data obtained by The Center Square from a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent. The agent provided the information on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation; it only includes Border Patrol data and excludes Office of Field Operations data.

“Gotaways” refers to those known and reported to illegally enter the U.S. primarily between ports of entry, who intentionally evade capture by law enforcement and don’t return to Mexico. 

In February, gotaways totaled at least 67,576, with the greatest numbers reported in the Tucson Sector of Arizona and El Paso Sector, which includes all of New Mexico and two west Texas counties. Apprehensions and gotaways combined totaled at least 205,032 last month.

Illegal aliens run from Border Patrol agents by CBP Photo by Jerry Glaser is licensed under flickr U.S. Government Works

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