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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Statistics and Summaries

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, aggregate data
Creator
  • Kaplan, Jacob (University of Pennsylvania)
Publication Date
2020-07-01
Free Keywords
CBP; immigration offenses; illegal alliens; customs and border protection; border; immigration policy; immigration status; border patrol; undocumented immigrant; border protection; immigration arrest
Description
  • Abstract

    Version 4 release notes:
    • Adds fiscal year 2019 data.
    • Please note than some pre-2019 values are different because the CPB has updated the data, not due to changes in the code to clean the data.
    Version 3 release notes:
    • Adds 2018 Apprehensions and Seizures Statistics
    • Adds 2018 Sector Profile
    • Adds data in the following formats: SPSS
    Version 2 release notes:
    • Fixes link to GitHub page. No data was changed.

    This is a collection of data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), primarily about apprehensions of illegal immigrants. All the data here was originally scraped from the PDFs available from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Stats and Summaries page on their website (https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/media-resources/stats). I am in no way affiliated with CBP. What I did was take their public files and scrape the tables in the PDFs to make them more accessible. I then combined some tables together and reshaped the data to make it easier to use for analysis. The data is now available in R, Stata, and Excel (.csv) formats.

    The code used to scrape, clean, and test this data is available here: https://github.com/jacobkap/borderpatrol/

    Please note that all the data is in fiscal years (October-September), not in calendar years.

    There are 8 files and they all contains different information and some contains different number of years. Below is the file name, a brief description, the years of data available, and which variables it has, for each file.
    Apprehensions and Seizures Statistics 2011-2019
    This provides the annual number of seizures of drugs and weapons for aggregate border sectors between the years 2011 and 2019. Drug data also includes the amount of drugs seized (in pounds for all but heroin which is measured in ounces).
    • Sector
    • Fiscal year
    • Apprehensions from a special interest country
    • Rounds of ammunition
    • Total apprehensions
    • Pounds of cocaine
    • Number of cocaine seizures
    • Conveyances
    • Currency (in dollars)
    • Pounds of ecstasy
    • Number of ecstasy seizures
    • Number of firearms
    • Ounces of heroin
    • Number of heroin seizures
    • Pounds of marijuana
    • Number of marijuana seizures
    • Pounds of meth
    • Number of meth seizures
    • Pounds of other drugs (not cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, or marijuana)
    • Number of other drugs seizures ((not cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, or marijuana)
    • Apprehensions of illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico

    Border Patrol Staffing 1992-2019
    The annual number of agents employed for each sector in the country between 1992 and 2019.
    • Sector
    • Fiscal year
    • Number of agents

    Family, Unaccompanied Children, and Total Apprehensions 2000-2019
    The monthly number of total apprehensions, family apprehensions (defined as "the number of individuals (either a child under 18 years old, parent, or legal guardian) apprehended with a family member by the U.S. Border Patrol."), or unaccompanied children (person under the age 18 traveling alone (without a family member)) for each sector in the country. Total apprehension data is available for the years 2000 to 2019. Family apprehension data is available for the years 2013 to 2019. Unaccompanied children data is available for the years 2010 to 2019.
    • Sector
    • Fiscal year
    • Month
    • Total apprehensions
    • Unaccompanied children apprehensions (fiscal years 2010-2019 only)
    • Family apprehensions (fiscal years 2013-2019 only)

    Other than Mexico Apprehensions 2000-2019The annual number of apprehensions for each sector in the country between 2000 and 2019. This also includes the annual number of apprehensions of immigrants from Mexico and the number of illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico.
    • Sector
    • Fiscal year
    • Total apprehensions
    • Total apprehensions of illegal immigrants from Mexico
    • Total apprehensions of illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico

    Nationwide Total Apprehensions 1925-2019This is a simple count of how many apprehensions of illegal immigrants were made in the United States each year between 1925 and 2019.
    • Fiscal year
    • Total apprehensions

    Sector Profile 2011-2019
    This provides a number of various variables for each sector in the country between the years 2011 and 2019.
    • Sector
    • Fiscal year
    • Number of agents
    • Total apprehensions
    • Apprehensions of illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico
    • Pounds of marijuana
    • Pounds of cocaine
    • Number of accepted prosecutions
    • Number of assaults
    • Number of rescues (Southwest border only)
    • Number of deaths (Southwest border only)
    • Number of accompanied children (under age 18) apprehended
    • Number of unaccompanied children (under age 18) apprehended
    • Total number of children (under age 18) apprehended
    • Total number of adults (age 18 or older) apprehended
    • Total number of females apprehended
    • Total number of males apprehended

    Southwest Border Apprehensions 1960-2019
    The annual number of apprehensions for each sector in the Southwest border between 1960 and 2019.
    • Sector
    • Fiscal year
    • Total apprehensions

    Southwest Border Deaths 1998-2019
    The annual number of deaths for each sector in the Southwest border between 1998 and 2019.
    • Sector
    • Fiscal year
    • Deaths

    Some of the data sets present the data broken into border sectors. Below is a list of the three borders and the sectors each one includes.

    Coastal Border
    • Livermore (closed after fiscal year 2004)
    • Miami
    • New Orleans
    • Ramey
    Northern Border
    • Blaine
    • Buffalo
    • Detroit
    • Grand Forks
    • Havre
    • Houlton
    • Spokane
    Southwest Border
    • Big Bend
    • Del Rio
    • El Centro
    • El Paso
    • Laredo
    • Rio Grande Valley
    • San Diego
    • Tucson
    • Yuma

  • Weighting

    None
Temporal Coverage
  • 1925-01-01 / 2019-12-31
    Time Period: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1925--Tue Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2019 (Data is in fiscal years, not calendar years. Years available vary by data set)
  • 1925-01-01 / 2019-12-31
    Collection Date(s): Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1925--Tue Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2019 (Data is in fiscal years, not calendar years. Years available vary by data set)
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Smallest Geographic Unit: United States
Availability
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Relations
  • Is cited by
    URL: https://uh.edu/bti/research/deterrence-models/ (Text)
Publications
  • Thompson, George E. “Validating Deterrence Models for Scanning Technologies.” University of Houston, Houston, TX: Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute, April 30, 2020. https://uh.edu/bti/research/deterrence-models/.
    • ID: https://uh.edu/bti/research/deterrence-models/ (URL)

Update Metadata: 2020-07-01 | Issue Number: 12 | Registration Date: 2019-11-29

Kaplan, Jacob (2020): U.S. Customs and Border Protection Statistics and Summaries. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E109522