Immigration and Naturalization Service, Monthly Statistical Report, September FY 2002 Year End Report   [open pdf - 344KB]

This report was prepared by the Department of Justice's Immigration and Naturalization Service. Some of its key findings are as follows: "Compared to September 2001, total inspections of citizens and aliens for entry to the United States increased 9 percent. Air admissions increased 21 percent and land admissions increased 7 percent compared to the previous September. Sea admissions increased 10 percent and inadmissibles decreased 5 percent compared to September 2001. Total inspections for fiscal year 2002 decreased 13 percent compared to fiscal year 2001 […] The U.S. Border Patrol made 68,263 apprehensions along the southwest border during September 2002, a 15 percent increase when compared to September 2001. Voluntary returns conducted by Border Patrol agents increased by 14 percent from a year ago to 63,614. For fiscal year 2002, apprehensions were down 25 percent and voluntary returns were down 26 percent when compared to fiscal year 2001 […] Applications and petitions for immigration benefits in September 2002 decreased 11 percent compared to the number received in September 2001. September approvals were down 15 percent, while denials increased by 48 percent when compared to September 2001. For fiscal year 2002, receipts were down 14 percent while approvals were down 2 percent when compared to fiscal year 2001 […]"

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