Apprehensions of illegal immigrants went down 31 percent in February in the U.S. Border Patrol's El Centro sector, according to a press release from the Border Patrol.
The press release stated in February the total number of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants in the sector was 21,407, down from 31,072 in February 2000.
The number of apprehensions for fiscal 2001, which started Oct. 1, is 72,077. In February 2000 the fiscal year total was 85,599. The year-to-date figures are down 16 percent.
Local Border Patrol spokesman Manny Figueroa said agency officials don't know why the apprehension numbers are down.
"It could be the weather or could be the political changing (in Mexico), but we're still keeping an eye to see if it'll increase," said Figueroa.