Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately reported the percentage of increased apprehensions in fiscal 2013. It has been corrected to show the increase is 41 percent.
LAS CRUCES – The Border Patrol on Monday said apprehensions of migrants crossing illegally into New Mexico jumped 41 percent this year.
The Border Patrol picked up 7,988 people who crossed illegally in fiscal 2013, compared with 5,662 migrants in fiscal 2012. The Border Patrol called the numbers “an unofficial count” that could change once final statistics are released.
Apprehensions in the El Paso Sector, of which New Mexico is a part, have been in sharp decline since 2006, when they totaled more than 122,250. Last year, the Border Patrol apprehended fewer than 10,000 crossers.