Apprehensions at the Southwest border, which surged in the 1980s and '90s after Congress passed major immigration reforms in 1965 and 1986, have totaled less than 1 million per year since 2007.

Sources: “Total Illegal Alien Apprehensions by Fiscal Year,” U.S. Border Patrol, accessed March 11, 2021, https://tinyurl.com/3758h7vy; “Southwest Border Migration FY2020,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Nov. 19, 2020, https://tinyurl.com/2mav8zaj

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Number of Border Apprehensions
1960 21,022
1961 21,745
1962 21,103
1963 29,644
1964 32,519
1965 40,020
1966 62,640
1967 73,973
1968 96,641
1969 137,968
1970 201,780
1971 263,991
1972 321,326
1973 441,066
1974 571,606
1975 512,264
1976 607,499
1977 733,193
1978 789,441
1979 795,798
1980 690,554
1981 749,808
1982 745,820
1983 1,033,974
1984 1,058,276
1985 1,183,351
1986 1,615,844
1987 1,122,067
1988 942,561
1989 852,506
1990 1,049,321
1991 1,077,876
1992 1,1145,574
1993 1,212,886
1994 979,101
1995 1,271,390
1996 1,507,020
1997 1,368,707
1998 1,516,680
1999 1,537,000
2000 1,643,679
2001 1,235,718
2002 929,809
2003 905,065
2004 1,139,282
2005 1,171,396
2006 1,071,972
2007 858,638
2008 705,005
2009 540,865
2010 447,731
2011 327,577
2012 356,873
2013 414,397
2014 479,371
2015 331,333
2016 408,870
2017 303,916
2018 396,579
2019 851,508
2020 400,651

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