A look at 20 years of data
As of September 2019, apprehensions at the Southwest border dropped 70% from 132,880 in May 2019 to 40,507.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection data released Wednesday shows that 132,887 people were apprehended at the Southwest border crossing in May, up 33.8% from April.
May apprehensions were the highest monthly total since 2006, when 160,696 people were apprehended. However, May border apprehensions did not exceed historic levels. The highest recorded monthly apprehension volume was in March 2000, when over 220,000 people were apprehended at the Southwest border.
While border apprehensions have not yet exceeded historic levels, the type of person apprehended is shifting. According to a 2016 CBP report, “the characteristics of illegal migration across our southern border have changed significantly over the last 15 years - far fewer Mexican nationals and single adults are attempting to cross the border without authorization, while far more families and unaccompanied children are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.”
Because of this, the United States is dealing with a growing list of asylum seekers, largely from the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
EducationOnly 36% of American eighth-grade students were reading at a grade-proficient level in 2017. Rates were higher in northeastern
Active ShootersThe mass shootings on Aug. 3 in El Paso, Texas and Aug. 4 in Dayton, Ohio, and the shooting the previous week in Gilroy,
Military SpendingThe US government spent $778,962,000,000 on the military in 2018. This is down from a high of $833,978,000,000 in 2011.