U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) today announced results to date from a collaborative enforcement effort put in place in September 2009 that leverages the capabilities and resources of over 60 federal, state, local and tribal agencies in Arizona and the government of Mexico to combat criminal organizations that pose a threat to communities on both sides of the border.
Since its inception, ACTT has resulted in:
• The seizure of more than 1.6 million lbs. of marijuana, 3,800 lbs. of cocaine, and 1,000 lbs. of methamphetamine;
• The seizure of more than $13 million in undeclared U.S. currency and 268 weapons;
• Nearly 14,000 aliens denied entry to the U.S. at Arizona ports of entry due to criminal background or other disqualifying factors; and
• Approximately 270,000 apprehensions between ports of entry;
According to the Obama administration the Border Patrol is better staffed than at any time in its history, having doubled the number of agents from approximately 10,000 in 2004 to more than 20,700 in 2010.
These investments have also produced significant results. Border Patrol apprehensions—a key indicator of illegal immigration—have decreased 36 percent in the last two years.