Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Illegal crossings are up again
By BILL HESS
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 12:20 PM MST
TUCSON - The after-holiday traffic of illegal immigrants crossing the border is going up, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.
From Dec. 31 through Sunday, 5,967 illegal immigrants were taken into custody in the sector, which includes all of Arizona except for the far western region near Yuma, Andrea Zortman said Monday.
Slightly more than 42 percent of those taken into custody in the 10-day period - 2,531 - were apprehended in Cochise County, she added.
There are different types of illegal immigrants crossing the line at this time of year, Zortman said.
One group consists of illegal immigrants who went back to Mexico from October through December to spend the holidays with their families
Another group includes those who are making their first trip into the United States but delayed their illegal crossings until the holidays were over, Zortman said.
Following are the numbers by day that have crossed into the sector and the number apprehended in Cochise County:
Dec. 31 - 388 and 146.
Jan. 1 - 267 and 99.
Jan. 2 - 329 and 151.
Jan. 3 - 318 and 133.
Jan. 4 - 429 and 233.
Jan. 5 - 486 and 185.
Jan. 6 - 889 and 282.
Jan. 7 - 773 and 358.
Jan. 8 - 1,025 and 505.
Jan. 9 - 1,063 and 439.
December figures of the number of illegal immigrants detained on Fort Huachuca showed a dramatic decrease from the number held in November.
According to post spokeswoman Tanja Linton, 51 illegal immigrants were detained on the fort last month and turned over to the Border Patrol, compared to 234 in November and 105 in October.
In December 2003, 41 illegal immigrants were detained with 94 held in November 2003 and 58 in October 2003.
The total number detained on the fort the first three months of this current federal fiscal year - October through December - is 390, compared to 193 for the same period in the last budget year.
I'll bet the figures for those captured are about 5% of those that made it.