Bulking Up the Border

Since President Obama took office, the U.S. has dramatically increased its efforts to keep undocumented immigrants out

GRAPHIC BY BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK

21,394 guards patrol U.S. borders, up 4,000 from 2009

300 surveillance towers watch over crossing points from Mexico, double the number in 2009

10 drones spy on mountainous terrain from California to Texas, up from five in 2008

651 miles of fence thwart would-be crossers, twice as many as 2009

$73b has been spent on immigration enforcement since Obama took office, $13 billion more than in Bush’s second term

1.5m illegal immigrants have been deported under Obama

DATA: U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION; GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE

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