Jeffrey Self, of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said some barriers and checkpoints have reduced daily undocumented drive-throughs from as many as 50 to zero, Potter reports. ICE claims that as a victory, pointing to counts that show the number of illegal detainees at the border dropped from 1,643,679 in 2000 to 356,873 in 2012. But in places like the Rio Grande Valley, numbers rose 65 percent from 2011 to 2012, from 59,000 to 97,000, and have risen another 55 percent at this point this year, Potter reports.
|A U.S. border vehicle barrier in Arizona. (Mark Potter/NBC)|
San Juan, Tex., Police Chief Juan Gonzalez told Potter his department has never dealt with so many undocumented immigrants, while Benny Martinez, the chief deputy of the Brooks County Sheriff's Office in Falfurrias, said of illegal crossings, "It hasn’t gone down at all, not here.” (Read more)