Facts about U.S. border and detention walls

Facts about U.S. border and detention walls…

653
Miles of border fences, walls, and other barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border
37
Laws waived to speed construction of walls–including the Endangered Species Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

4,000
Number of Border Patrol agents in 1993
21,000
Number of Border Patrol agents in 2013

$18 billion
Cost of immigration enforcement per year (more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined)

85,000
Number of immigrants held in detention in 1995

440,000
Number of immigrants held in detention in 2013

$158
Cost of detaining one person per day (FY 2013)

Sources: Congressional Research Service, Sierra Club, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Center for Migration Studies

Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales.  MCC works with Hogar de Esperanza y Paz Asociación Civil (Home of Hope and Peace or HEPAC), a community center in Nogales, Mexico, which works to enable its surrounding community to improve their lives and reduce the need to migrate to the U.S. in order to provide for their families. (MCC Photo/Silas Crews)
Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales. MCC works with Hogar de Esperanza y Paz Asociación Civil (Home of Hope and Peace or HEPAC), a community center in Nogales, Mexico, which works to enable its surrounding community to improve their lives and reduce the need to migrate to the U.S. in order to provide for their families. (MCC Photo/Silas Crews)