POSTED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 7:10pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 9:28am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — As of fiscal year 2013, the US Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended almost 60,000 more individuals in 2012.
"Most of the people that Border Patrol encounters are illegal immigrants whether they be from Mexico or any other country."
Border Patrol officials believe this is probably one of, if not the most, biggest reason for arresting 154,000 people in 2013 compared to 97,000 in 2012.
"The Southwest border or lower Texas area is the shortest point from any country in South and Central America into the United States, so that kind of makes it attractive for them. They're gonna travel less than if they traveled anywhere else."
But despite the high numbers, there have been more apprehensions in previous years.
"The Rio Grande Valley Sector has had high apprehensions in the past, and uh, we can go back to 1997, when uh, we had almost 250,000 apprehensions."
And while the number of arrests have decreased since then, there has obviously been a significant spike since last year. Border Patrol says its too soon to tell how the trend will continue in the future.
"All these people are people who are seeking a better life that um, maybe their countries are not employing them that opportunity."
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.