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More than 310,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended nationwide in 2017, 98 percent of whom were apprehended at the southern border, according to new data released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detailing America’s immigration control efforts over the past year.
The overwhelming majority of those immigrants were from Mexico or Central America, the report showed: 162,891 were from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and another 127,938 were from Mexico. Around 10 percent of apprehended immigrants had previously been apprehended in FY 2017.
The overall number of apprehensions represents a 24-percent decline over 2016, providing further evidence for a
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