More Than 205K Apprehensions, Gotaways At Border In February

215,998 gotaways and apprehensions in January

The sun sets behind a gap along the border wall at the Morelos Dam between the US and Mexico in Yuma, Arizona on May 31, 2022. - The stream of impoverished humans flowing into the United States via Mexico runs through the country's public discourse, dividing its politics and coloring relations with nations to the south. The issue of migration is set to loom large at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles this week, even without the presence of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is boycoting the meet in protest at the exclusion of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
  • More than 205,000 foreign nationals were apprehended or reported as gotaways after illegally crossing the southwest border in February, according to preliminary data provided by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent to The Center Square .
  • “Gotaways” describes individuals who are known and reported to have illegally entered the U.S., who intentionally evade capture by law enforcement, and who don’t return to Mexico.
  • In February, gotaways numbered at least 67,576, with the highest numbers reported in the Tucson Sector of Arizona and the El Paso Sector, which encompasses all of New Mexico and two west Texas counties. 
  • In all, apprehensions and gotaways totaled at least 205,032 last month.